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"...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 (BA) is the architect of a whole new framework of human emancipation, the new synthesis of communism, which is popularly referred to as the "new communism."


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From Ike to Mao and Beyond cover


For Revolution to Break Through,
for Humanity to Be Emancipated,
Communist Leadership Is Necessary, and Indispensable

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.


Listen to BA's "All Played Out"



“All Played Out,”
spoken word by Bob Avakian,
music by William Parker


Prisoners write about Bob Avakian!

From prisoner letters published in Revolution:

Comments and Reviews

BA Through the Years 1969,1979, 2003

View Bob Avakian speaking in 1969, 1979, and 2003

Science and Revolution

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.

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Science and Revolution


Video splash page - Bob Avakian for the Liberation of Black People and Emancipation

Start the video at 13:57


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"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. Go to the BAsics page.   

On the Leadership of Bob Avakian