Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Communist nostalgia on the free market?

This story from Ireland Online is enough to make one nostalgic for the good old days of ideological polarization and confrontation, when unabashed socialists put the capital-C in Communism and the big bosses of collectivism focused their misanthropic energies on devouring their own young instead of instituting feel-good universal child care programs and autonomy-unfriendly public school curricula.

One of history’s most famous murder weapons, the icepick used to kill Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, has resurfaced, just weeks before the 65th anniversary of his assassination on August 20, 1940.

But tests that could prove the weapon’s authenticity have been delayed by a dispute between the icepick’s owner, who is shopping it around, and Trotsky’s descendants, who want it donated to a revolutionary museum – proving that the struggle between socialist ideals and capitalism still goes on.

The icepick is now in the possession of Ana Alicia Salas, whose father apparently removed it from an evidence room while serving as a secret police commander in the 1940s. She is toying with the idea of selling the foot-long, sawed-off ice axe, though she says she hasn’t decided how much it’s worth. Trotsky’s grandson, who keeps the revolutionary flame alive by maintaining Trotsky’s home as a museum, says he wants the pick.

[…] “Looking at it objectively, this is a piece of history,” [Esteban] Volkov said at the home in the leafy Mexico City district of Coyoacan where Trotsky was killed, just blocks from where Salas, the icepick owner, also spoke. “It should be in the museum.”

Volkov, 79, has offered to give a sample of his own DNA for comparison to whatever material can be recovered from the pick, but only on the condition that Salas donate the artefact to the Trotsky museum there.

“If it is for commercial purposes, I refuse to participate in this kind of thing,” Volkov said with a disdain echoed in the volumes of Trotsky’s revolutionary writings on display in the museum’s library.

Salas, 50, refuses to consider such a donation, saying people only value the things they pay for.
Volkov has the same disdain for humanity that his grandfather did, but I rather like the idea of a revolutionary socialist museum. With work, maybe London city council, the Third Way and Trudeaupianism can be found as museum curiousities some day.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmm, trust the claimed authenticity of an artifact which was apparently stolen from the evidence room by a former secret police agent?