Revolution #238, July 3, 2011

Letter from Prisoner:

The Education that PRLF Provides Is Priceless


Revolutionary Greetings,

I wanted to write you this letter to thank you for sending me a copy of BAsics; and I would also like to thank everybody that made donations to “PRLF” and thus made it possible for us (prisoners) to receive a copy of BAsics. I believe that a book like BAsics is very important, because it provides people with a scientific understanding of the world in which we live in; as well as, with a vision of a different and better world.

When I talk to people about BAsics I tell them to think about it in the following way. “Let's say you’re sick and you want to get rid of the sickness, first, you have to know what the sickness is. In this way, you’ll know what steps you have to take to get rid of the sickness. So, if you identify the sickness as a cough, then you know that you’re going to need cough medicine to get rid of the cough. In this case, capitalism is the sickness and B.A. and his synthesis is the medication to the sickness.” It’s a crude analogy, but it helps in getting people to understand why a book like “BAsics” is so important.

I remember that as a kid, I use to always hear from my teachers in school and from other people on t.v., that here in America, (the land of the free) everybody is considered equal and that we were very fortunate to live in a truly democratic country. But I always rejected those notions, because I use to go help my dad at work (fixing rich people’s homes) so I use to see the stark differences between my Barrio and the rich people’s neighborhoods. Our houses were infested with roaches & mice; our sidewalks were full of cracks and graffiti; and the pigs were always cruising around harassing people. While, where we use to work, the houses, sidewalks, schools, etc… were all clean and new or close to new; and I never saw a pig cruising around those rich neighborhoods - and needless to say, they wouldn’t go around harassing people either! Nevertheless, I was never able to understand why such differences existed, or why nobody seemed to noticed or cared about them. So when I read in “BAsics” pg. 17 #22 where it reads, “in a world marked by profound class divisions and social inequality, to talk about ‘democracy’- without talking about the class nature of that democracy and which class it serves - is meaningless, and worse. So long as society is divided into classes, there can be no 'democracy for all'.” And pgs. 169-178, “Beyond the Narrow Horizon of Bourgeois Right.”

I couldn’t help but think to myself, “these are the answers I needed, and these are the kind of things they should be teaching people – especially, the kids in school!”

Before I close this letter, I would like thank every volunteer in “PRLF” and everybody that donated funds to “PRLF” and I would also like to encourage more people to make donations as well. The education that “PRLF” provides us with, is priceless.

In Solidarity,

P.S. When I was out there I use to belong to a street gang, and whenever one of us use to get killed, we use to do free car washes and ask the people for donations, in order to try and help the parents with the funeral cost. So, I was thinking that maybe, that would be a good way to gather donations from people and at the same time introduce them to Revolution. Just a idea!

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