This short biography of Bob Avakian is mainly drawn from his memoir, From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist.
"...if you don't have a poetic spirit—or at least a poetic side—it is very dangerous for you to lead a Marxist movement or be the leader of a socialist state."
— Bob Avakian
Bob Avakian’s personal and political development was strongly influenced by the experience of growing up in Berkeley in the 1960s. This was a place where radical intellectual, cultural and political currents were swirling, with major impact not only in that city but far beyond it as well. And it was a city with a significant population of Black people–which, in turn, had a significant impact on the character of the city as a whole.
In “What Humanity Needs: Revolution, and the New Synthesis of Communism, An Interview with Bob Avakian” published in 2012, in response to a question from the interviewer, A. Brooks, Avakian spoke to the necessity of communist leadership if humanity is going to be able to liberate itself.
“All Played Out,”
spoken word by Bob Avakian,
music by William Parker
From prisoner letters published in Revolution:
“...i must say BAsics is a must have book for the people. It’s the ‘Truth,’ it’s what the people need…” Read more...
“Thank you so much for these papers and other writings by Chairman Avakian. I treasure them like a cool drink of water in the middle of the desert…” Read more...
What People Are Saying about Bob Avakian and BAsics
Interview with woman in Sanford Read more...
Michael Slate interviews a woman in the Bronx about
BAsics Bus Tour Read more...
People’s thoughts about BAsics quotes Read more...
April 11 Host Statements Read more...
Comments and Reviews
Cornel West, on BA’s memoir:
“Bob Avakian is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism…”
Howard Zinn, on BA’s memoir:
“A truly interesting account of Bob Avakian’s life, a humanizing portrait of someone who is often seen only as a hard-line revolutionary…”
Emory Douglas, Revolutionary Artist, former Minister of Culture, Black Panther Party:
“A salute to Revolutionary Bob Avakian on his book ‘BASICS.’”
In the early part of 2015, over a number of days, Revolution conducted a wide-ranging interview with Ardea Skybreak. Ardea Skybreak is a scientist with professional training in ecology and evolutionary biology, and an advocate of the new synthesis of communism brought forward by Bob Avakian.
A Must-See Film!
HOW LONG MUST THIS NIGHTMARE OF OPPRESSION & BRUTALITY GO ON?
Not God, Not "Unchanging Human Nature," Not Conspiracy...
A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING REALITY
WHY THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE... THEY HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY... THEY CAN BE RADICALLY CHANGED
• The USA: Founded on Slavery & Genocide
• The Oppression of Women: Bound Up With This System . . . a Driving Force for Revolution
• The Revolutionary Potential of Those Most Oppressed Requires Scientific Leadership
A RADICALLY DIFFERENT AND FAR BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE
WE NEED A REVOLUTION TO OVERCOME ALL OPPRESSIVE DIVISIONS
• We Need a Real Revolution, Not Better Democracy Under This System
• Socialism Is Three Things
• Above All, Socialism Is a Transition to Communism: A New Synthesis
REMIND ME: "WHICH SYSTEM, CAPITALISM OR COMMUNISM, IS THE NIGHTMARE FOR HUMANITY?"
THE ELECTION HUSTLE: "IF THEY DRAW YOU IN, THEY WIN"
• As Bad As Bush Was...Obama Is Even Worse
• Seizing on Contradictions of the System to Prepare for Revolution
• Bourgeois Democratic Intellectuals Thinking Like Serfs Unable to Imagine a Different World
INTERNATIONALISM – THE WHOLE WORLD COMES FIRST
EMANCIPATING HUMANITY...TRANSFORMING CONDITIONS & TRANSFORMING HUMAN NATURE
REVOLUTION IS POSSIBLE: THE STRATEGY FOR REVOLUTION
A REVOLUTIONARY SITUATION...THE ROLE OF YOUTH...& HOW TO WORK TODAY SO THAT THERE IS A REVOLUTIONARY FORCE WHEN THAT TIME COMES
COULD WE REALLY WIN...REALLY?
RESISTING THE BRAINWASH – A RADICAL REVOLT AGAINST A REVOLTING CULTURE
PEOPLE ARE SYSTEMATICALLY MIS-EDUCATED UNDER THIS SYSTEM
SCIENTIFIC COMMUNIST LEADERSHIP – THE ROSETTA STONE WE NEED TO WIN
• Straight Talk on BA
THE CHALLENGE: REVOLUTION – NOTHING LESS!
"You can't change the world if you don't know the BAsics." BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian is a book of quotations and short essays that speaks powerfully to questions of revolution and human emancipation.
On the Revolutionary Road with Chairman Avakian:
A contribution to the conversation on the unique and irreplaceable contributions of our Chairman: a few thoughts on approach and method, by Lenny Wolff
From the 1995 Leadership Resolutions on Leaders and Leadership: by the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, Part II: Some Points on the Question of Revolutionary Leadership and Individual Leaders
Traveling with Chairman Avakian: A Determined Revolutionary Leader, and a Fired Man, for Decades, by Carl Dix
Some Thoughts on the Importance of Bob Avakian to Building a Revolutionary Movement, by Sunsara Taylor
A Thought on Intellectual Courage, by Lenny Wolff