On the Role of Agitation

May 7, 2018 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


While there is a need and a place for propaganda and theoretical discussion to dig further into the substance (and, yes, the complexities) of this, the emphasis must overwhelmingly be on making this come alive through agitation—agitation that is not scholastic and convoluted but truly compelling, including in its radical simplicity viscerally bringing to life—the “intolerability” and unnecessariness of this system... that the only way to overcome all horrors of this system is to make an actual revolution, not some minor changes within this system but the actual overthrow, yes overthrow, of this system, through actually defeating its armed forces of oppression and repression ... dismantling the institutions of this system and building a whole new society on a radically different economic and political basis; ... that this system of capitalism-imperialism can be replaced by a far better system—one that is truly emancipatory—as embodied in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America; and that there is the basis, in the new communism and the leadership of BA, to make all this a reality.

AND ON THIS BASIS, we can and must draw people toward, and increasingly into, the ranks of the revolution. And this must be led, modeled, and insisted upon in a consistent way. This gets to the particular importance of HOW WE CAN WIN—How We Can Really Make Revolution as a working document—a basis and guide to bring alive the need and basis for revolution and to concretely organize people into this revolution, and that this is not just something that we must grasp firmly as a basic point of orientation—although we must do that—but is something that we must be actively applying in practice, further grappling with and forging the means to consistently carry out work that actually organizes people into the revolution (on the right basis), and in so doing lays the basis for continually expanding the ranks of the revolution, not just in ones and twos but in terms of masses of people, and through ongoing geometric leaps.



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