Revolution #229, April 10, 2011


The following was written by a young person who was part of a group of people who made significant contributions to the production and publication of BAsics.

March 29, 2011

I now have the actual book: BAsics!

This book is a special milestone in a lifetime dedicated to ending the horrific suffering that humanity endures every day and bringing a far better world into being. It is a distillation of the most advanced and comprehensive understanding on the planet of why the world is the way it is and the fact that it doesn’t have to be this way; of the emancipatory heights that the people of the world can reach; of what it will take to reach those heights; and of what is required of people, both individually and collectively, in the process of straining towards those heights. It is a vehicle through which great numbers of people can be newly introduced to this understanding, and to the person who has developed that understanding. It is a historic tool with the potential to change how huge numbers of people, including whole new generations of youth, look at revolution and communism, and—more broadly—how they understand the world that is and the world that could and should be. It is a means to inspire, empower, and enable masses of all strata to contribute, in different ways, to building for a much brighter future. It is a major tribute to the author’s burning hatred for oppression and injustice; his dedication to, love for, and confidence in the masses; his scientific breakthroughs in grasping the process required to reach a world free of all exploitation and oppression; his advances in understanding how to properly relate to ideas, contradiction, and people; his humor; and his appreciation and knowledge of many different spheres of human experience.

The book also looks really good! In particular, the front cover is lively, glossy, eye-catching, and distinctive, and commensurate with the content beyond that cover.

A tremendous amount of work went into all aspects of this publication, both in the immediate sense—in terms of the work done by many different people—and, even more importantly, in the longer-term sense, in the sense that decades of work and commitment informed this publication.

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