Example Of The Reign Of Socialist Revisionism And The Victory Of Capitalism Essay
The film entitled Tearing Down the Wall: The Decline of Socialism revolves on the how socialism system of governance failed based on the experiences of socialist countries across the globe. It started with how China’s Great Leap Forward fail with the death of Mao Zedong and the reign of reformist communism with China’s new leader, Deng Xiaoping. It also covered how the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union tried but failed to uphold the genuine socialist perspective with his campaign for glasnost or increased transparency in the government systems and perestroika or restructuring. In 1989, the end of communism in Poland was seen with the rise of independent trade unions led by Solidarity.
The film also covered the popularity of Tony Blair’s daring revisionism that blatantly changed the color and socialism and trade unionism. When he took the lead of the Labor Party, his true color became clear as the party became detach to trade unions and it became more friendly to business enterprise which is totally different from a socialist perspective. The film concluded by an interview of a business leader saying that socialism has been tried by brilliant leaders but the said leaders turned their backs on the cause as it is impossible to build a utopia on earth.
I think that the film is part of the propaganda of the capitalist countries like the U.S. and big capitalist entities to disillusion the remaining believers and fighters for a socialist order of the society. The funders of the film that include Phizer and other businesses’ foundations shaded the color of the film. The host of the film in the end clearly made a point when he concluded that liberty and democracy is equivalent to U.S. and socialism is a threat to freedom. The said judgement appears to be hegemonic as it suggests that only democratic capitalist system can make the world prosper.
Moreover, the sources of the film are clearly one-sided. It did not even have sources from China and Soviet Union who could explain what really happened on the ground. Instead, it relied on the information and testimonies that were purely micro-cases especially in the case of China. The film is one of those that try to demonize the formerly communist or socialist countries without recognizing the legitimate issues of the people who were and are waging struggles to attain heaven on earth.