Steve (anton_p_nym) wrote,
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Argh, plot bunny: free to a good home

In 1923, Felix Dzerzhinsky of the Soviet Union's new State Political Directorate (GPU, which evolves into the NKVD and eventually into the KGB) decides to accellerate the collapse of capitalism and thereby hasten the triumph of socialism by launching a long-term agitprop campaign.

A young and impressionable history student in Petrograd, expelled from university when it was purged of bourgeois influences, is offered a chance to resume her studies under secret GPU auspices; upon graduation in 1924 she is granted admission to the State Technium of Screen Arts to study filmic techniques, and then sent into the United States in 1925 in order to subvert the burgeoning American film industry.

Her mission is not to inculcate Soviet propaganda in the US to spur a worker's revolution; that task belongs to others. No, her role is instead to exalt the very elements of capitalism that (according to Leninist theory) doom it to undermine itself; the selfishness, the alienation of worker from capital, et tedious cetera. By encouraging the plutocrats to glory in their excesses, it is assumed, she will awaken the revolutionary spirit in the workers and peasants of the world while insulatng the bourgeois classes in a comforting blanket of dogma that prevents them from adopting reforms that would mitigate the impact of capitalism and impede the progress of World Socialism.

The name she adopted for her mission was Ayn Rand.

-- Steve needed to either write that idea out or bust out the trepanning chisel.
Tags: fiction, history, kallisti, my idiot brain, politics, secret history
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