To Work, Comrades

WEST BERLIN, 1991

A crane begins to remove the first of many panels from the Berlin Wall. An excited crowd, waving flags & banners, pulses with the hope of reunification.

The foreman, beaming, stands at a distance when a haggard, frantic professor rushes up to him and desperately clutches his shoulder.

PROFESSOR
You have to put a stop to this, NOW!

FOREMAN
What’re you talking about? The German people have waited decades for this moment!

PROFESSOR
You don’t understand… the Wall wasn’t built to keep us out

He removes his glasses for dramatic effect.

PROFESSOR
…it was built to keep them in.

The foreman’s face contorts into terrified realization. He turns urgently to stop the crane–

It is too late. The panel lifts to reveal an expressionless Vladimir Lenin standing just behind. The crowd falls to a hush; banners fall to the cement underfoot; flags die mid-wave. Lenin and the crowd stare at one another. We hold here.

With deliberation Lenin extends his right arm, stopping once he reaches a slight upward angle.

He points.

At that instant Bolshevik troops by the thousands pour out of the gap, flooding West Berlin with overwhelming force. “The Battle On the Ice” booms over the fleeing crowd. Tank battalions crush the remaining panels under their treads.

The Revolution has begun.

The Bolsheviks march through the West with ease. Their assault is overlayed with various newspaper headlines:

GERMANY UNDER TOTAL COMMUNIST CONTROL
RED FLAG FLIES OVER PARIS
ITALY SURRENDERS; LENIN YET TO INVADE

CUT TO:

COYOACAN, MEXICO

The grave of Leon Trotsky. All is quiet; townsfolk make their way around.

Suddenly a head pushes through the dirt — Trotsky. “Battle” swells once again as his torso raises. His full body surfaces, but it is revealed that Trotsky is standing on a tank, also rising from the grave. Other tanks push their way to the surface, and the battalion moves out.

Trotsky’s forces sweep through North and South America. More headlines:

SOUTHWEST FALLS INTO BOLSHEVIK HANDS
TROTSKY SEIZES OIL FIELDS; VICTORY IMMINENT
COMMUNISTS WELCOMED AS LIBERATORS

We move to China, where Lenin has replaced the flag with the near-identical Soviet one. He smiles.

Country after country falls. Lenin and Trotsky shake hands in front of the White House, unscathed tank battalions on either side.

The Revolution has begun.

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