BA's Collected Works
FIlms, Books, Articles, Audio

The work of Bob Avakian and the Revolutionary Communist Party has been developing over the course of many decades.  In some instances there may be differences in perspective and analysis between earlier and more recent works.  In such cases, what is put forward in more recent works should generally be taken as more representative of current views.

 

Film and Audio by Bob Avakian

Film

BA Speaks: REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS! Bob Avakian Live. Film of a talk given in 2012. For more on this film and to order the DVD set, go here.

REVOLUTION AND RELIGION: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion; A Dialogue Between CORNEL WEST & BOB AVAKIAN (2015).

Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About, a film of a talk by Bob Avakian (2003).

Audio

This is Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, with a New Year's message—
A Call To REVOLUTION...
"
   Listen  •  Read  •  Download audio  •  Download PDF

The Material Basis and the Method for Making Revolution
  Part 1  •  Part 2  •  Read online

The Strategic Approach to Revolution and Its Relation to Basic Questions of Epistemology and Method
  Part 1  •  Part 2  •  Read online

Bob Avakian, interviewed by Cornel West on the Smiley & West show, Public Radio International, October 2012. Available at revcom.us.

Bob Avakian, five-part interview on The Michael Slate Show, KPFK Radio, Los Angeles, January and February 2013. Available at revcom.us.

7 Talks (2006)

1. Why We’re in the Situation We’re in Today... And What to Do About It: A Thoroughly Rotten System and the Need for Revolution
      Track 1, Track 2, Track 3

2. Communism and Jeffersonian Democracy
      Track 1, Track 2, Track 3

3. Communism: A Whole New World and the Emancipation of All Humanity—Not “The Last Shall Be First, and The First Shall Be Last”
      Track 1, Track 2

4. The NBA: Marketing the Minstrel Show and Serving the Big Gangsters
      Track 1, Track 2

5. Communism and Religion: Getting Up and Getting Free—Making Revolution to Change the Real World, Not Relying on “Things Unseen”
      Track 1, Track 2, Track 3 , Track 4

6. Conservatism, Christian Fundamentalism, Liberalism and Paternalism... Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton... Not All “Right” But All Wrong!
      Track 1, Track 2, Track 3

7. “Balance” Is the Wrong Criterion—and a Cover for a Witch-hunt—What We Need Is the Search for the Truth: Education, Real Academic Freedom, Critical Thinking and Dissent
      Track 1, Track 2

Question and Answer Session, with Concluding Remarks
Question 1, Question 2, Question 3, Question 4, Question 5, Question 6, Question 7, Question 8, Question 9, Question 10, Question 11, Question 12, Question 13, Question 14, Question 15, Question 16, Question 17, Question 18, Question 19, Question 20, Question 21, Question 22
Concluding Remarks

"All Played Out" (spoken word piece with words by Bob Avakian and music by William Parker), Centeringmusic BMI, 2011. Available at soundcloud.com/allplayedout.

 

 

Books, Articles, and Other Written Works by Bob Avakian

Advancing the World Revolutionary Movement: Questions of Strategic Orientation, Revolution magazine, RCP Publications, Spring 1984. Available at revcom.us.

The American Enterprise—Property and Slavery, Peculiar Notions of ‘Freedom’ and Profound Contradictions,” Revolution #252, December 11, 2011. Available at revcom.us.

“Art and Artistic Creation—Solid Core with a Lot of Elasticity, ”Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005).

Away With All Gods! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World (Insight Press, 2008).
    Prepublication excerpts (October 2007):
    Religious Fundamentalism, Imperialism and "The War on Terror"
    Why Is Religious Fundamentalism Growing in Today's World – And What Is the Real Alternative?

BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian (RCP Publications, 2011).

The Basis, the Goals, and the Methods of the Communist Revolution.” From a talk given in 2005. Revolution, May 2006-January 2007. Available at revcom.us.

Birds Cannot Give Birth to Crocodiles, But Humanity Can Soar Beyond the Horizon (2010)
          Part 1: REVOLUTION AND THE STATE
          Part 2: BUILDING THE MOVEMENT FOR REVOLUTION

“Bob Avakian in a Discussion with Comrades on Epistemology: On Knowing and Changing the World.” Revolutionary Worker #1262, December 19, 2004. Available at revcom.us. Also in Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005).

Break ALL the Chains!
Bob Avakian on the Emancipation of Women and the Communist Revolution
(2014) Available at revcom.us.

Bringing Forward Another Way. From a talk given in 2006. Revolution, March-September 2007. Available at revcom.us and as a pamphlet from RCP Publications. Also available as downloadable PDF at revcom.us.

Bullets, From the Writings, Speeches, & Interviews of Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP Publications, 1985)

“The ‘City Game’—And the City, No Game,” Revolutionary Worker #201, April 15, 1983. Also in Reflections, Sketches & Provocations: Essays and Commentary, 1981-1987 (RCP Publications, 1990).

The Coming Civil War and Repolarization for Revolution in the Present Era. Revolution, March-September 2005. Also available as a pamphlet (RCP Publications, 2005) and at revcom.us.

Communism and Jeffersonian Democracy (RCP Publications, 2008). Available at revcom.us and as a pamphlet (order from RCP Publications).

Communists Are Rebels: A Letter from RCP Chairman Bob Avakian to His Parents on Philosophy, Religion, Morals, and Continuous Revolution (Revolutionary Communist Youth, April 1980).

"Concerning the Thomas Jefferson Controversy... Automatically Disqualified." Revolution #287, December 9, 2012. Available at revcom.us.

Conquer the World? The International Proletariat Must and Will. Revolution magazine, No. 50, December 1981. Available at revcom.us.

Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal). Authored by Bob Avakian, and adopted by the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, 2010 (RCP Publications, 2010).  Also available at revcom.us.

Constitution, Law, and Rights – in capitalist society and in the future socialist society
Selections from the writings of Bob Avakian and excerpts from the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal) from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. Available as downloadable PDF at revcom.us.

“‘Crises in Physics,’ Crises in Philosophy and Politics,” Revolution #161, April 12, 2009. Available at revcom.us. Also in Demarcations: A Journal of Communist Theory and Polemic, Issue Number 1, Summer-Fall 2009. Available at www.demarcations-journal.org.

The Cultural Revolution in China… Art and Culture… Dissent and Ferment… and Carrying Forward the Revolution Toward Communism,” Revolution #260, February 19, 2012. Available at revcom.us.

“The Deadly Illusion of the Swinging Pendulum,” Revolution #20, October 20, 2005. Available at revcom.us.

Democracy: Can’t We Do Better Than That? (Banner Press, 1986).

Dictatorship and Democracy, and the Socialist Transition to Communism. From a talk given in 2004. Revolutionary Worker, August 2004-January 2005. Available at revcom.us.

Egypt 2011: Millions Have Heroically Stood Up…The Future Remains to be Written,” Revolution #225, February 27, 2011. Available at revcom.us.

Emmett Till and Lynchings, Past and Present: An excerpt from Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About,” Revolution #264, April 1, 2012. Available at revcom.us. View as video: www.youtube.com/revolutiontalk.

The End of a Stage—The Beginning of a New Stage,” Revolution magazine, RCP Publications, Fall 1990. Available at revcom.us and at bobavakian.net.

“A Final Note: Principles in Carrying Forward the Revolution Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat and Preventing Revisionism and the Rise to Power of the (New) Bourgeoisie,” Revolution magazine, RCP Publications, Fall 1990. Available at revcom.us and at bobavakian.net.

For a Harvest of Dragons: On the “Crisis of Marxism” and the Power of Marxism—Now More Than Ever (RCP Publications, 1983).

"Freedom and Necessity, and Proceeding from a Strategic Standpoint: Some Thoughts on Methods and Leadership," Revolution #340, May 26, 2014. Available at revcom.us.

From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist, A Memoir by Bob Avakian (Insight Press, 2005). Excerpts in Revolution and audio of Bob Avakian reading selections from his memoir are available at revcom.us and at bobavakian.net.

Getting Over the Two Great Humps: Further Thoughts on Conquering the World. Excerpts in Revolutionary Worker, October 1997-January 1998 (under the series title “Getting Over the Hump”), October 2003-January 2004 (under the title “On Proletarian Democracy and Proletarian Dictatorship—A Radically Different View of Leading Society”), August 2003 ("Materialism and Romanticism: Can We Do Without Myth?") and August 1998 ("Rereading George Jackson"). Available at revcom.us.

Grasp Revolution, Promote Production: Questions of Outlook and Method, Some Points on the New Situation. From a talk given in 2002. Excerpts in Revolutionary Worker, November 2002-March 2003. Available at revcom.us.

A Horrible End, or An End to the Horror? (RCP Publications, 1984).

An Invitation,” Revolution #265, April 8, 2012. Available at revcom.us.

In the Wake of the Election, a Basic Point of Orientation: To the Masses...With Revolution,” Revolution #149, November 30, 2008. Available at revcom.us.

‘A Leap of Faith’ and a Leap to Rational Knowledge: Two Very Different Kinds of Leaps, Two Radically Different Worldviews and Methods,” Revolution #10, July 31, 2005. Available at revcom.us.

Making Revolution and Emancipating Humanity
          Part 1: “Beyond the Narrow Horizon of Bourgeois Right”
          Part 2: “Everything We’re Doing Is About Revolution”
Revolution, October 2007-February 2008. Available at revcom.us, and also included in Revolution and Communism: A Foundation and Strategic Orientation, a Revolution pamphlet, 2008.

Marxism and the Call of the Future: Conversations on Ethics, History, and Politics (with Bill Martin) (Open Court Publishing, 2005). Excerpts available at revcom.us.

"The Mass Initiatives and Their Relation to Our Strategic Objectives," Revolution #339, May 19, 2014. Available at revcom.us.

Materialism and Romanticism: Can We Do Without Myth?Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005). Available at revcom.us.

"The Material Basis and the Method for Making Revolution" August 4, 2014. Available at revcom.us.

“Methods and Principles,” Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005).

"More on Choices...And Radical Changes." Revolution #293, January 28, 2013. Available at revcom.us.

THE NEW COMMUNISM: The science, the strategy, the leadership for an actual revolution, and a radically new society on the road to real emancipation. This book consists of the major opening day presentation given by Bob Avakian to a conference held in the summer of 2015 which was attended by members and supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Party. Available at revcom.us. (Insight Press, 2016).

‘A New Generation of Revolutionary Leaders’: Bob Avakian on the Essence of Communist Leadership, and Bringing Forward New Leaders,” Revolution #201, May 16, 2010, transcribed from the talk Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About. Available at revcom.us.

"The New Synthesis of Communism: Fundamental Orientation, Method and Approach, and Core Elements," Summer 2015. Available at revcom.us.

‘Obamamania’ and the Malcolm X Spirit.Revolution #151, December 28, 2008. Available at revcom.us.

Obama: Playing the Trump Card?Revolution #149, November 30, 2008. Available at revcom.us.

Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005).

On Communism, Leadership, Stalin, and the Experience of Socialist Society,” excerpts transcribed from a radio interview, Revolution #168, June 21, 2009. Available at revcom.us.

On Leadership—Vanguards and Individual Leaders,” Revolution #256, January 15, 2012. Available at revcom.us.

On 'Principled Compromises,' and Other Crimes Against Humanity,” November 12, 2015. Available at revcom.us.

The Oppression of Black People & The Revolutionary Struggle To End All Oppression,” a series of excerpts from writings and talks by Bob Avakian published in Revolution during Black History Month, February 2007. Available at revcom.us.

Out Into the World—As a Vanguard of the Future. From a talk given in 2008. Revolution, February-April 2009. Available at revcom.us.

Phony Communism Is Dead...Long Live Real Communism! (RCP Publications, 1992; Second Edition with Appendix Democracy: More Than Ever We Can and Must Do Better Than That, 2004). Available online: Appendix - Democracy: More Than Ever We Can and Must Do Better Than That.

Preaching From a Pulpit of Bones, We Need Morality, But Not Traditional Morality (Banner Press, 1999).

‘Preliminary Transformation into Capital’… And Putting an End to Capitalism,” Revolution #265, April 8, 2012. Available at revcom.us.

"Propaganda Instruments of the Ruling Class... And the Railroad of the Central Park 5." Revolution #299, December 16, 2012. Available at revcom.us.

“Putting Forward Our Line—In a Bold, Moving, Compelling Way,” published in two parts in Revolutionary Worker: Part 1, #1177, December 1, 2002; Part 2, #1178, December 8, 2002. Available at revcom.us.

"Putting on Our Boxing Gloves—and Other Key Methods, Principles and Objectives," Revolution #340, June 2, 2014. Available at revcom.us.

"A Question Sharply Posed: Nat Turner or Thomas Jefferson?" Revolution #301, April 14, 2013. Available at revcom.us.

Reaching for the Heights and Flying Without a Safety Net. From a talk given in 2002. Revolutionary Worker, April-August 2003. Available at revcom.us. Also available as a downloadable PDF.

The Real ‘American Idol’: Elections as Auditions—Whose Consent Really Counts and How Decisions Are Actually Made,” Revolution #263, March 25, 2012. Available at revcom.us.

A Reflection On The ‘Occupy’ Movement: An Inspiring Beginning…And The Need To Go Further,” Revolution #250, November 13, 2011. Available at revcom.us.

Reflections, Sketches & Provocations: Essays and Commentary, 1981-1987 (RCP Publications, 1990).

Reform or Revolution: Questions of Orientation, Questions of Morality,” Revolution #32, January 29, 2006. Available at revcom.us.

The Revolutionary Potential of the Masses and the Responsibility of the Vanguard,” Revolutionary Worker #1270, March 13, 2005. Available at revcom.us.

The Role of Dissent in a Vibrant Society,” Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005).

Ruminations and Wranglings: On the Importance of Marxist Materialism, Communism as a Science, Meaningful Revolutionary Work, and a Life with Meaning. From a talk given in 2009. Revolution, May-September 2009. Available at revcom.us.

“A Scientific Approach to Maoism, A Scientific Approach to Science,” Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005).

Slavery: Yesterday and Today,” Revolution #78, February 11, 2007. Available at revcom.us.

Some Observations on the Culture Wars: Textbooks, Movies, Sham Shakespearean Tragedies and Crude Lies,” Revolution #198, April 11, 2010. Available at revcom.us.

Some Principles for Building a Movement for Revolution,” Revolution #202, May 17, 2010. Available at revcom.us.

"The Strategic Approach to Revolution and Its Relation to Basic Questions of Epistemology and Method," August 4, 2014. Available at revcom.us.

Statement by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, on the Occasion of the Death of Willie ‘Mobile’ Shaw,” Revolution #27, December 18, 2005. Available at revcom.us.

Strategic Questions, excerpts published in Revolutionary Worker, 1996-1997 and 2002. Available at revcom.us.

There Is No ‘Permanent Necessity’ for Things To Be This Way: A Radically Different and Better World Can Be Brought Into Being Through Revolution,” Revolution #198, April 11, 2010. Available at revcom.us.

Three Alternative Worlds,” Revolution #77, January 28, 2007. Available at revcom.us. Also in Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005).

Three Observations on the Situation in the Middle East,” Revolution #225, February 27, 2011. Available at revcom.us.

Three Strikes…,” Revolution #227, March 27, 2011. Available at revcom.us.

Tips for Tim Tebow,” Revolution #258, February 5, 2012. Available at revcom.us.

"The Truth About Right-Wing Conspiracy… And Why Clinton and the Democrats Are No Answer," Originally published in 1998, posted in Revolutionary Worker #1255, October 17, 2004.

Unresolved Contradictions, Driving Forces for Revolution
Part I:       “Once More on the Coming Civil War... and Repolarization for Revolution”
Part II:      “(Some Observations on) The International Movement”
Part III:     “The New Synthesis and the Woman Question: The Emancipation of Women and the Communist Revolution—Further Leaps and Radical Ruptures”
Revolution, November 2009-April 2010. Entire talk available at revcom.us.

Views on Socialism and Communism: A Radically New Kind of State, A Radically Different and Far Greater Vision of Freedom.” From a talk given in 2005. Revolution, March-April 2006. Available at revcom.us.

We Can’t Know Everything—So We Should Be Good at Learning,” Revolutionary Worker #1181, December 29, 2002 (part of a series of excerpts from the talk Grasp Revolution, Promote Production: Questions of Outlook and Method, Some Points on the New Situation). Available at revcom.us. Also in Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy (Insight Press, 2005).

What Humanity Needs: Revolution, and the New Synthesis of Communism, An Interview with Bob Avakian by A. Brooks, Revolution #267, May 1, 2012. Available at revcom.us.