One Small Step

 

There’s a meme floating around leftist circles, “Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism”, that is imposed onto any image dealing with space. A simple google search will reveal numerous images with this text, but those on the Anarchist wing of leftist politics, and other leftists who don’t necessarily embrace the authoritarian nature of mainstream Marxism, decided to create their own derivative form, known as “Fully Insurrectionary Luxury Queer Space Anarchism”. I haven’t been able to find the original creator of the image, but the image I began with can be found here.

This poster is the first in a few images, videos, and sounds that I will  be using to tell my story. The story will be the story of Ukrainian Anarchist icon Nestor Makhno, the leader of the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine, or better, the story of what happened if his army had won. The RIAU (or Black Army) defended a region of modern Ukraine that practiced Anarchism (of all kinds, Communism, Collectivism, and Individualism) from both the White Army of the Monarchists, Republicans, and their allies, and the Red Army of the Bolsheviks. All was good for a few years, until the Red Army engaged in a truce with Makhno’s forces, and ended up backstabbing them. The ‘what if’ story of Makhno and his alternative history impact will be expanded in future posts, but this poster for the (anarchist) moon landing is the first project.

The first thing I did, was load the image into GIMP.

I then made a few edits, adjusting the flag on the shoulder to the Black Army’s flag, and editing away some of the Cosmonaut’s ‘gear’. I also began working on removing the letters of the message, all done with sampling the colors of the image and painting over it, and using the fuzzy select tool to select regions of the image with the same color.

After the work was done, and regions were painted over, I cut out the circle from the background, and began editing the remaining white space with paint and circle selecting tools.

Once that was done, I filled the transparent background with the Amethyst Fill, wrote the text you see above, and added a few white background drop shadows. I rendered the image as a PNG, and now you have what you see. I thought of the text as a modification of what was said during the actual moon landing. “One Small Step For The Free Territory” refers to the moon landing just being another step in freedom and liberty for all peoples, and the “One Giant Leap For the Workers of All Worlds” modifies the “Workers of the world unite!”. There is a type of leftist thought called Posadism that calls for alien contact and spreading the socialist revolution across the universe, and that phrase is a nod to that, saying that by finally leaving Earth, the universal revolution can commence.

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