Bob Avakian: Downloadable Audio

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Historic 7 Talks by Bob Avakian
  • 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
  • Communism and Jeffersonian Democracy
  • Communism: A Whole New World And The Emancipation of All Humanity – Not "The Last Shall Be First, And the First Shall Be Last"
  • The NBA: Marketing The Minstrel Show and Serving the Big Gangsters
  • "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
  • Conservatism, Christian Fundamentalism, Liberalism and Paternalism ... Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton ... Not all "Right" But All Wrong!
  • Question and Answer sessions

    This Q&A includes an answer to the following question:
    “My question deals with some of the material from the two series: ‘Views on Socialism and Communism’ and ‘The Basis, the Goals, and the Methods of the Communist Revolution.’
    “I’ve been thinking about two things: One is a statement by Arundhati Roy in an interview where she basically said (this is paraphrasing), ‘I support the Maoists in India even though I would probably be the first person they would kill.’ Second I’ve also been thinking about this in relation to the need to make a distinction as you’ve emphasized between those who are actively plotting to overthrow the socialist state and those who are just dissenting or even vehemently opposed to it, but not actively plotting to overthrow it.
    “My question is – taking into account the socialist experience and the very secondary aspect where Arundhati Roy might have a point based on what happened in China and also taking into account the particularity of India and the particularities of this country: what should communists say to the Arundhati Roys of the world in relation to this contradiction and why should they believe us?”

Click here for the full list of over 20 questions raised and addressed at these Talks.
  • Concluding Remarks

Hear Bob Avakian read from his book:

From Ike to Mao and Beyond

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  • Chapter One: Mom and Dad

    Armenia to Fresno to Berkeley … Compassionate, and Determined

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  • Chapter Two: One Nation Under God – a 50’s Boyhood

    Sports … My Sisters … School … Froggy the Gremlin … One Nation Under God … Traffic Boy … I Liked Ike … “Have You No Decency?” … Becoming Aware of Segregation … Family Vacations … The Movies … The Baseball Hat

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  • Chapter Three: The World Begins to Open

    Arbitrary Authority

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  • Chapter Four: High School

    Orientation … “You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are!” … Segregation Within Integration … Clarence, Lonnie - and Larger Forces … Basketball, Football - and Larger Forces … Dating - and Larger Forces … Street Corner Symphonies … Family Clashes … Plato in the Park … Spring Thaw … Getting Free of Religion … Anne Frank … Football … Keeping the “Rep” … Wild Times and Hairy Situations … “He Walks in the Classroom, Cool and Slow” … “A Little Guy, Brimming With Confidence” … The Truck Barn and the Office … Camping in Yosemite, and Then

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    Chapter Four split into two files to fit on CDs: Part A mp3Part B mp3

  • Chapter Five: Life Interrupted

    “Uh Oh, That's Not Good”—Hospitalized … Friends … Re-Thinking … “And No Birds Sing” … “Now Give Me My Milkshake!” … Most Courageous Athlete—Until … Coaching … Back to Cal and Engaged in the World … The Cuban Missile Crisis: World in the Balance … A Scientific Approach … Turning the Corner

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  • Chapter Six: Your Sons and Your Daughters

    Opening Up… Torn by Kennedy and the Democrats… Into the Student Life… Dylan and “Beatlemania”… New People, New Influences… Malcolm X… Straddling Two Worlds… The Free Speech Movement… Mario Savio… The Assassination of Malcolm X… Deciding about Vietnam… Getting In Deeper

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