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Articles in this issue (scroll down to read them):

  • What You Need to Know and Engage This Week About the World and Revolution November 29, 2021
  • Revolution Club Mass Meetings Sunday, December 5, 3 pm
  • This Wednesday, December 1, Supreme Court Hearing Is an Abortion Rights Emergency Don’t Stand Aside Forced Motherhood Is Female Enslavement!
  • Revcoms in the News
  • Two Innocent Men Exonerated in the Murder of Malcolm X After Decades in Prison—But the Hand of the System Remains Covered Up
  • As U.S.-China Nuclear Rivalry Grows...

    Modern-Day M.A.D.-ness
  • Rare Time
  • Correspondence from a Reader:

    Some Thoughts on What Makes a Revolutionary State Power Radically Different
  • Coming December 13, 2021
  • Materials for Organizing for Revolution
  • ARTICLE:

    What You Need to Know and Engage This Week About the World and Revolution

    November 29, 2021

    On December 13, we will be releasing audio and print versions of a major new talk from Bob Avakian (BA), revolutionary leader and author of the new communism. The title is:

    SOMETHING TERRIBLE, OR SOMETHING TRULY EMANCIPATING:
    Profound Crisis, Deepening Divisions, The Looming Possibility Of Civil War—
    And The Revolution That Is Urgently Needed
    A Necessary Foundation, A Basic Roadmap For This Revolution
    by Bob Avakian, Revolutionary Leader, Author of the New Communism

    The importance of this talk cannot be overstated. It has history-changing potential. Put it this way: what is done with this talk by those who hear it, and read it, will be decisive in determining whether humanity will come out of these next heavily fraught years with something terrible… or whether it can wrench out of this madness something truly emancipating. For what lies beneath the surface of the accelerating horrible trends of today, what is not apparent in the swirl of the news, is something very rare: the real and rare chance to make revolution. WHY that is so… and HOW to go to work now on identifying, working to ripen, and then seizing that opportunity is what BA gets into in this talk.

    Next week, the Revolution Clubs will be previewing a section of this talk in a few major cities1 in mass meetings. If you count yourself a member or supporter of the Revolution Club, if you think you might want to be a member, or if you have read and listened to and followed BA over the years, come to these meetings and bring others. In fact, if you—or anyone you know—fits this description from A Declaration, A Call to Get Organized Now for a Real Revolution, then you (and they) need to be there:

    To everyone who can’t stand this world the way it is ... who is sick and tired of so many people being treated as less than human ... who knows that the claim of “liberty and justice for all” is a cruel lie ... who is righteously enraged that injustice and inequality go on, and on, and on, despite false promises and honeyed words from people in power (or those seeking power) ... everyone who agonizes about where things are headed and the fact that to be young now means being denied a decent future, or any future at all ... everyone who has ever dreamed about something much better, or even wondered whether that is possible ... everyone who hungers for a world without oppression, exploitation, poverty, and destruction of the environment ... everyone who has the heart to fight for something that is really worth fighting for: You need to be part of this revolution.

    So, come to this meeting. Listen to the preview, and then talk with others about what it all means. And before you do, go here and here to read—or re-read—A Declaration, A Call To Get Organized For An Actual Revolution, along with Bob Avakian’s important follow-up to that, THIS IS A RARE TIME WHEN REVOLUTION BECOMES POSSIBLE—WHY THAT IS SO, AND HOW TO SEIZE ON THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY.

    This Wednesday, December 1, the Supreme Court will hold a hearing on a Mississippi law that drastically restricts what the Court has previously found, in Roe v. Wade, to be a constitutional right to abortion AND Mississippi is explicitly requesting the Court to reverse Roe. This is a FASCIST attack—a key part of the onslaught being carried forward by the fascist Republican Party to hammer into place an even more violent and oppressive anti-woman patriarchy, a genocidal white supremacy and an insanely vicious xenophobia (hatred of “foreign-born” people). The stakes are very high, and there needs to be masses of people in the streets against this on Wednesday fighting for an orientation that many many more need to be coming out not just on one day, but day after day, to defend this right that now hangs by a thread. Go here for the statement on this, and here and here for past articles that have analyzed this case and its stakes.

    Last week the killers of Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty of murder in a Georgia courtroom. The revcoms came out that afternoon with a statement that celebrated the verdict while putting it in the perspective and context of the conflicts now tearing society apart and, in particular, what will be a continuing onslaught to hammer into place a much more blatant and violent white supremacy. Go here to see the statement from the revcoms on the day of the verdict; and here for recent coverage in various media of the revcoms’ activity on this case, as well as our activity around the outrageous acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse for the vigilante murders of two unarmed protesters last summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And watch last week's The RNL—Revolution, Nothing Less!—Show Episode #80 for in-depth conversation and this coming week’s episode for an interview with Jacob Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake.2

    Reaching the youth of the oppressed—those who, in the words of BA, are deemed by this system to be worth no more than boot in the ass and a bullet in the head—is an urgent mission of the movement for revolution. There will be no revolution that does not struggle with and inspire these youth with a real vision, and a real mission. In that spirit, we present again “A Revolution Rhyme for This Historic Time”—listen to this again, and write us with your ideas and experience on how to spread this to those who need to hear it.

    Several weeks ago, we published “THE NATION OF ISLAM: NOT A FORCE FOR—A FORCE AGAINST—EMANCIPATION, We Need a Real Revolution by Bob Avakian. This week we are running a poster to help spread the word on this piece. This poster needs to be seen all over, and especially in the areas of the oppressed.

    In recent weeks, the long-standing outrage of the conviction of two men for the assassination of Malcolm X who had absolutely nothing to do with it began to be “officially” recognized with the exoneration of these two men, after decades in prison and the destruction of their reputations. But to say that significant questions still remain and that this does NOT settle the question of what forces came together to kill Malcolm would be a gross understatement. In “Two Innocent Men Exonerated in the Murder of Malcolm X After Decades in Prison—But the Hand of the System Remains Covered Up,” we analyze this. If you weren’t born when this went down—or even if you were—and certainly if you care about the future, you need to read this article and the accompanying piece from the American Crime series, “COINTELPRO—The FBI Targets the Black Freedom Struggle.

    Noche Diaz from the Revolution Club lays bare some needed truth this week on the U.S.-China global rivalry in its military—and especially nuclear—dimension (read it here). Along with the headlong destruction of the environment, the threat that one or another imperialist power or wannabe imperialist will launch the human race onto the path of extinction through firing a nuclear weapon remains extreme, even as many try to block it from their mind.

    Over the past several weeks, we have published a number of letters responding to Bob Avakian’s recent series of articles that have been dealing with the fundamental contradiction of the capitalist-imperialist system, the need for revolution and a socialist dictatorship, and how to keep that new socialist state power on the road to the totally emancipated society of communism. This week we are publishing another letter that digs into this, and responds to earlier articles. We also received a poem from a Pakistani immigrant, inspired by the Declaration and Call from the Revcoms and BA's "Rare Time" article.  We at revcom.us welcome all correspondence; whether we publish it or not, we end up learning from it.

    Finally—but hardly the least important—we call your attention to the fundraising letter posted this past week for the National Get Organized for an Actual Revolution Tour. All the activity called for above—in addition to the exponential expansion of everything the revcoms are now doing and new initiatives required by the intensifying situation—requires funds. Give funds to this drive, and take this letter and work to get it out to raise funds. And as the week develops, check back here for more materials.

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    FOOTNOTES:

    1. Revolution Club mass meetings

    Sunday, December 5

    Los Angeles:

    3 pm, Revolution Club Organizing Center

    2716 S. Vermont Avenue (outdoor meeting in the parking lot)

    New York:

    3 pm, Revolution Books

    437 Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem

    Bay Area:

    3 pm, Revolution Books

    2444 Durant Ave., Berkeley

    Chicago:

    3 pm, Revolution Club Organizing Center

    1857 E 71st St. (71st & Bennett) [back]

    2. On August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as he was getting into his car, where his children were sitting. The shooting set off several nights of righteous rebellion against police and oppression of Black people. [back]

  • ARTICLE:

    Revolution Club Mass Meetings

    Sunday, December 5, 3 pm

    "SOMETHING TERRIBLE, OR SOMETHING TRULY EMANCIPATING:
    Profound Crisis, Deepening Divisions, The Looming Possibility Of Civil War—And The Revolution That Is Urgently Needed
    A Necessary Foundation, A Basic Roadmap For This Revolution"

    This is the title of a soon-to-be-released talk from Bob Avakian, revolutionary leader and author of the new communism, on the most momentous issue of our time. 

    Come to a special open meeting of the Revolution Club where we will be previewing this talk. Learn how revolution could really be made in this dangerous time. Talk with others about why this revolution is needed, what it involves, and what it’s aiming for.

    We’ve just seen the Rittenhouse verdict green-lighting white supremacist murder of protesters. Meanwhile, the right of women to abortion and freedom hangs by a thread. The January 6 Capitol attack is still echoing, and the Republican fascist party is moving to make sure they can take power no matter what, including building up and increasingly unleashing their violent base.

    If you see the danger, don’t look away. Don’t bow your head and accept a coming fascist future. Come hear what’s in Bob Avakian’s new talk about how it’s possible to wrench something positive out of this nightmare—real revolution.

    Meeting Locations/Times in Different Cities

    Sunday, December 5

     

    Los Angeles:

    3 pm, Revolution Club Organizing Center
    2716 S. Vermont Avenue (outdoor meeting in the parking lot)

    New York:

    3 pm, Revolution Books
    437 Malcolm X Blvd in Harlem

    Bay Area:

    3 pm, Revolution Books
    2444 Durant Ave., Berkeley

    Chicago:

    3 pm, Revolution Club Organizing Center
    1857 E 71st St. (71st & Bennett)

    Leaflet for Revolution Club Mass Meetings December 5

    Leaflet for Revolution Club Mass Meetings December 5   

    From the Revcoms: A Declaration, A Call to Get Organized Now For A Real Revolution

     

  • ARTICLE:

    This Wednesday, December 1, Supreme Court Hearing Is an
    Abortion Rights Emergency

    Don’t Stand Aside

    Forced Motherhood Is Female Enslavement!

    Dec 1 Act Supreme Court hearing is an abortion rights emergency

     

    DOWNLOAD PDFS
    ONE-SIDED LEAFLET
    TWO-SIDED LEAFLET FOR PROTEST
    (with space for information about Revolution Club Mass Meetings      

    This Wednesday, December 1, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could overturn or severely gut the constitutionally protected right to abortion. This is an all-out emergency for everyone who recognizes the basic humanity of women. People need to act now in mass, determined resistance demanding: We won't go back! We won't surrender! Abortion on demand and without apology!

    The revcoms are fighting this as part of organizing now for a real revolution to overthrow this whole system of capitalism-imperialism, with the oppression of women knitted into its very fabric. We say: Break ALL the Chains! Unleash the Fury of Women as a Mighty Force for Revolution!

    And you are needed now in this revolution and in this urgent fight to preserve this crucial right. THIS Wednesday: Join us in the streets in protest and to sound the alarm about this dangerous Supreme Court case. THIS Sunday: Come to an important Revolution Club meeting where you can find out why we need a revolution, what it’s all about, and the future we’re fighting for.

    Think about it: Without the right to abortion, millions of women will have their futures foreclosed. Think about the woman with three children she can barely support now forced to carry an unplanned pregnancy to term, losing her job and being plunged into an even more desperate situation. Think about the 20-year-old college student, who has hopes and dreams beyond motherhood. Think about women in Texas, where abortion has already been effectively banned, who now must risk their very lives to carry medically dangerous pregnancies to term because the law treats the fetus as more valuable than her life.

    Bob Avakian, the revolutionary leader and author of the new communism, gets to the heart of what this is about:

    Unbelievable as it may seem, in the 21st century there are still people—including people in positions of power and authority—who are determined to force women to bear children, regardless of the situation, the feelings, and the better judgment of those women themselves. That is a way of enslaving women to the dictates of an oppressive male supremacist, patriarchal system; and that is what the cruel fanatics who are determined to deny women the right to abortion are really all about.

    If you don’t want to see this future, then be part of acting to change this NOW! There is no standing aside.

    ______

    To understand more deeply what this is part of, and what's needed, keep reading...

    The case going before the Supreme Court on Wednesday is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, where the state of Mississippi has asked the Court to overrule its 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade protecting a woman’s right to abortion. The Mississippi law restricts abortion after 15 weeks with no exception for rape or incest and if Roe v. Wade is overturned, at least 24 states already have laws in effect that would make abortion illegal in all or most circumstances.

    The moves to outlaw abortion are one critical part of a larger threat throughout society—the threat of fascism. This means rule through open terror and violence, with genocidal white supremacy, xenophobia (the hatred of people not born in the U.S. and especially not white), and militant, toxic masculinity with the hatred for women and LGBTQ people expressed through the “pussy-grabber” Donald Trump or the Christian fascist enforcement of a woman’s duty as mother and wife, subordinate to the man. A determined and lunatic fascist movement is on the march—in the halls of power, the courts, and throughout society to violently enforce this future and lock down its brutal control over all of society.

    If we do nothing, this is where the future is headed.

    The Democratic Party mouthpieces of this system, and far too many in the organized women’s movements, are basically telling you to do nothing but focus your energy on the gradual electoral process. This will surrender the right to abortion now without a serious, determined mass struggle, sacrificing the lives and futures of millions of women. Even worse, it will strengthen the fascists who are not slowing down but fighting for the end to all abortions and even the right to birth control. And it will divert people into acting on the terms of this whole oppressive system of capitalism-imperialism, which has given rise to these fascists.

    What you, what everyone who refuses to see women subordinated and degraded, need to be doing is filling the streets in sustained mass protest refusing to see women slammed back! And raising your sights to the revolutionary struggle needed now to bring a new world into being.

    There is leadership for this revolution in Bob Avakian (BA). BA is providing leadership now to everyone who wants to see humanity get free... and if that's you, then you need to get into BA, and become a follower of BA. On the basis of a whole scientific framework for human emancipation and strategy for revolution, BA has analyzed that now is a rare time when revolution becomes possible—exactly because society is being ripped apart and the rulers are fighting bitterly amongst themselves—and BA is providing a framework for how to seize on this rare opportunity.

    Out of this extreme fascist danger can be wrenched a revolutionary situation—if you, and if everyone with the heart to fight for something really worth fighting for, get busy in spreading the word about this revolution and getting organized for this revolution.

    DOWNLOAD PDFS:

    Wednesday, December 1 

    Run With the Revolution Club Against the Attacks on the Right to Abortion

    DC/New York:

    The Revolution Club NY will be traveling to the Women's March protest in DC to surround the Supreme Court.

    11 am – meet in front of the Supreme Court, look for the black banner that says, “Break ALL the Chains! Unleash the Fury of Women as a Mighty Force for Revolution.”

    To travel together to DC, contact the Revolution Club, call/text 917.969.2146 or DM @nycrevclub on social media.

    Los Angeles:

    11 am – join the Revolution Club at UCLA, Bruin Plaza, for interactive protest.

    3 pm – join the Revolution Club at Vermont & Expo train line to take the protest on the trains and get the word out to others.

    5 pm – run with the Revolution Club at the Strike for Choice protest, Pershing Square.

    DM @revclub_la to connect and get materials (we'll bring them to you).

    Bay Area:

    12 pm – join the Revolution Club at UC Berkeley, Sproul Plaza, for an interactive protest.

    DM @revclub_bay

    Chicago:

    5 pm – join the Revolution Club at the Rally for Abortion Rights at Federal Plaza. Look for the red “Revolution Nothing Less” flag and Revolution Club table.

    No going back, no surrender - abortion on demand & without apology

     

    Posters   

    Forced motherhood is female enslavement

     

    T-shirts for women and men   

    Patriarchy & capitalism: you can't end one without ending the other. Revolution, Nothing Less!

     

    Stickers   

    Break the chains! Unleash the fury of women as a mighty force for revolution!

     

    Banners   

  • ARTICLE:

    Revcoms in the News

    On this page are some recent examples of revcoms appearing in mainstream news coverage.

    Spectrum News, Los Angeles, video clip featuring Michelle Xai, a leader of the Revolution Club in LA, preparing for protests after Rittenhouse not-guilty verdict.

    New York Times, November 24, 2021, front page article on verdict in Charlottesville, Virginia, trial of white supremacists, with photo from 2017 of revcoms confronting the fascists at their march in Charlottesville.

    New York Times Nov 24, 2021 front page with pic of revcoms in Charlottesville 2017

     

    Hundreds protest in Chicago with GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY banner after Rittenhouse was acquitted.

     

    Associated Press wire service photo, November 20, 2021, showing revcom banner in Chicago protest against Rittenhouse verdict, with hundreds of people in downtown streets, including Jesse Jackson.

    NBC Chicago News, November 16, 2021, scene in front of Kenosha, Wisconsin, courthouse where the Rittenhouse trial was taking place.

    NBC Chicago News, November 16, scene in front of Kenosha, Wisconsin, courthouse where the Rittenhouse trial was taking place.

     

    AM New York, The Villager, November 20, 2021, revolution club after Rittenhouse verdict

     

    "From Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, protesters not only cried out in anger, but they also called for a 'revolution.' … 'He [Rittenhouse] went to slaughter people and he did. And now we just saw with this verdict that came down and actually gave the fascist and these white supremacists, a green light to murder protesters,' Emma Kaplan of the New York Revolution Club said at a demonstration in Washington Square Park. 'We protested last summer, we need to take it back and we need to re-polarize for a revolution,' she added."

    Los Angeles Times, Letters to the Editor Page, November 22, 2021

    November 22, 2021 Letter to Editor Los Angeles Times Rittenhouse Verdict

     

    AM New York New Yorkers React to Verdict in Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

     

    Caption on photo: "Activists from the New York Revolution Club gathered in celebration of the guilty verdicts in the Ahmed Arbery trial, but say more work needs to be done."   

    AM New York, November 25, 2021

    New York Times, November 24, 2021, "Three Men Found Guilty of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery: Live Updates"

    … A small group in Times Square carried signs and shouted slogans, with several tourists joining in as Emma Kaplan chanted through an electric bullhorn: “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!”

    Ms. Kaplan, a spokeswoman for the New York City Revolution Club, called the verdicts a “celebration” of justice.

    “It’s righteous that they found these guys guilty,” she said. “But it’s an indictment of the system that it could have gone either way.”…

    ABC 7 San Francisco Bay Area, Nearly 100 people protest not guilty verdict in Rittenhouse trial

     

    Screen shot from news video that included revcoms in the street during the protest.   

  • ARTICLE:

    Two Innocent Men Exonerated in the Murder of Malcolm X After Decades in Prison—But the Hand of the System Remains Covered Up

    On November 18, two men had their guilty convictions for the February 21, 1965 assassination of Malcolm X finally and rightfully overturned in a New York court. Mohammad Aziz (now 83) and Khalil Islam—formerly known as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson—together lost 42 of their prime years in prison. Islam, who had been Malcolm X’s driver, died in 2009 at age 74. They and their families had their lives shattered, both by prison and by the decades of carrying the social stigma of being wrongly designated as the killers of Malcolm X, a revolutionary beloved by millions then as now.

    Muhammad Aziz exonerated from assassinating Malcolm X.

     

    Muhammad Aziz    Photo: AP

    Khalil Islam during 2008 interview, exonerated after his death.

     

    Khalil Islam   

    Evidence existed at the time of these men’s arrests and trials in 1966 that they were innocent, including their testimony and that of the third defendant (Talmadge Hayer, now Mujahid Abdul Halim). Hayer actually confessed as one of the shooters and said in court that these two had nothing to do with it. In 1977, Hayer even provided lawyer William Kunstler with the four names of those who had acted with him, but the authorities refused to review the case. This could have led to the exoneration of Aziz and Islam then and the prosecution of ALL those actually involved. And it might have led to revealing the dirty work of the FBI and NYPD whose agents were present in the audience as Malcolm was gunned down that day. In 1977, they were still alive to tell.

    A reason given by the authorities for reviewing this case was the 2020 Netflix series Who Killed Malcolm X? by Abdur Rahman Muhammad. The six-part series did meticulously trace and expose the actual triggermen—members of the Nation of Islam (NOI). It showed the role various NOI leaders played in calling for Malcolm’s death. For example, two months before Malcolm’s murder, Louis X (Farrakhan) wrote in the NOI paper Muhammad Speaks that "The die is set, and Malcolm shall not escape, especially after such evil foolish talk about his benefactor, Elijah Muhammad. Such a man as Malcolm is worthy of death." This type of slander and threat, no matter what the intent or motivation of those who make it, creates an atmosphere in which the authorities can carry out foul acts and/or manipulate others to do so for them.

    Malcolm X speaking, gesturing

     

    Malcolm X   

    The Big Question: Who Was Threatened by Malcolm X—and Why?

    The recent court motion by the New York District Attorney said the investigation “did not uncover any evidence” to support theories that the murder had been “orchestrated by the FBI and/or the NYPD.”

    Really?

    While not a complete list, some of the damning facts below about the active role of the NYPD, FBI and CIA in Malcolm’s death were known for decades, and documented in numerous well researched books and films. Some facts below are recently revealed, though there are undoubtedly more still hidden in NYPD, FBI and CIA files:

    *One fact that was in the Netflix series and has been known for decades by many cops, FBI, and eyewitnesses is that it was a heavy-set, dark-skinned Black man who fired the shotgun blast at Malcolm’s heart that killed him—now identified as William Bradley. Why then did the authorities NEVER pursue this lead but instead arrested and jailed someone light-skinned and thin—Thomas Johnson/Khalil Islam? What was being hidden—for decades—in plain sight, and WHY?

    *Inside the ballroom on the day of Malcolm’s murder, there were at least nine FBI informants and several other pigs from the NYPD’s “red squad,” the Bureau of Special Services and Investigations (BOSSI). Malcolm’s security guard was Gene Roberts, a BOSSI undercover agent who had reported to his superiors the week before of a dry run attempt. None of these pigs were called to testify at the original trial of Aziz/Butler, Islam/Johnson and Hayer/Halim. This almost certainly suppressed evidence that could have proven the two men innocent then—and raised the explosive political question of just what the hell was all of this pig infiltration all about!

    Malcolm X examines damage to sidewalk in front of his home from molotov cocktail.

     

    Malcolm X examines damage from firebombing of his home, February 14, 1965, a week before he was assassinated.    Photo: AP

    *Malcolm’s home was firebombed, with him and his family asleep inside, in the week before he was assassinated. He was clearly under very immediate threat. Yet, unlike other times when Malcolm gave public speeches and the uniformed NYPD would have a high profile presence, on February 21 they were notably missing inside and outside the Audubon Ballroom. Eyewitnesses reported that NYPD cops who came into the Ballroom neither drew their guns nor acted in a hurry after Malcolm sustained a shotgun blast to the chest and two men had emptied their revolvers into him as he lay on the stage.

    *Most damning was the fact that Malcolm was killed around 3 pm, and the NYPD neither secured the crime scene nor gathered evidence. In fact, a dance went on as scheduled in the Ballroom at 7 pm that night! The bullet riddled podium was stored in the basement for decades just as it was on February 21, 1965.

    *BOSSI agents helped frame up two men who would have been Malcolm’s door security that day so that they were in jail on the day itself. The day before the murder, Hayer was seen meeting in a nearby hotel with John Ali, who was in the inner circle of the Nation of Islam as well as an FBI informant.

    *A few years later, the FBI Chicago office openly bragged of promoting and making worse the clash between the NOI and Malcolm. This clash had its origin in real and growing political and ideological differences—between the NOI’s mysticism of waiting for “divine intervention” to end the oppression of Black people, as opposed to Malcolm’s increasingly revolutionary stance against white supremacy, his developing stance against U.S. imperialism and his growing view that the struggle of Black people in America was not a nonviolent struggle for reform and inclusion, but one for liberation whose fate was bound up with the revolutionary liberation struggles then going on in Africa, Asia and Latin America (see 1994 documentary Malcolm X: Make it Plain).

    *At that time, the FBI’s dirty tricks program against radicals and revolutionaries in this country, called COINTELPRO (counterintelligence program), and its head pig J. Edgar Hoover, were fixated on preventing the “rise of a Black messiah,” and they clearly viewed Malcolm as such a threat. One of their tactics was, in fact, to fuel or manufacture disputes between Black movement organizations and individuals (see the accompanying article from the revcom.us American Crime series). As we have shown, during the period before Malcolm’s death, NOI leaders launched unprincipled attacks and veiled threats against Malcolm, obscuring the real differences and creating an atmosphere in which police skullduggery could flourish; what was the hand of the state in all this?

    *Less than two weeks before he was killed, Malcolm was denied entry into France to speak. The denial was requested by the U.S. embassy (or CIA) in France. During his 1964 travels in the Middle East and Africa, he was followed and under CIA surveillance everywhere. CIA Deputy Director Richard Helms had been monitoring Malcolm’s activities possibly up the hour of the assassination (according to the Covert Action Magazine article “Who ordered the Killing of Malcolm X?” by Jeremy Kuzmarov). Such a high position in the CIA meant Helms routinely reported to the White House.

    Why Has The System Still Not Revealed the FULL Truth About Malcolm X’s Murder?

    Why has the full truth about Malcolm’s assassination been lied about or covered up for decades and why does it continue to be covered up today, even as two innocent men are exonerated? Is it because it shows that the system and its violent enforcers such as the CIA, FBI and NYPD were involved in having him killed?

    The early 1960s was a period of growing revolutionary national liberation around the world including Asia, Africa and Latin America that battered the U.S. empire. Standing as a beacon in all this was China—at that point, still a revolutionary socialist society1—from which Malcolm took inspiration and drew lessons for the Black liberation struggle here. He was meeting and being recognized by many world leaders, even as he formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity as a vehicle to unite broad forces in the civil rights and other social justice movements around this orientation. Who, in that explosive international situation, would be threatened by Malcolm’s move away from the essentially conservative NOI to the radical stance that Malcolm was taking up?

    In December 1964, just two months before he was murdered, when invited to debate at Oxford Union in England, Malcolm said this: “And in my opinion, the young generation of whites, blacks, browns, whatever else there is, you’re living at a time of extremism, a time of revolution, a time when there’s got to be a change. People in power have misused it, and now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built. And the only way it’s going to be built is with extreme methods. And I, for one, will join with ANYONE, I don't care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth.”

    All this underscores the deep lesson of the importance of revolutionary leaders and protecting them from the arms of the system and those they manipulate and control. Applying this today means to recognize the truly rare and unique leader we DO have today in Bob Avakian, and the serious responsibility that is on all who care about the future.

    A Final Thought, a Crucial Lesson

    What happened to Malcolm is not so much a history lesson, as a warning from the past. Ossie Davis, the late Black actor, playwright and activist was asked why he gave the eulogy at Malcolm X’s funeral. He said that to be honest with himself, he had to speak the truth about Malcolm’s role for Black people when he and so many others did not speak out while Malcolm was still alive. This is honest, but it is also shameful; the point is to learn the lesson, not repeat it.

    Today we are fortunate to have the revolutionary leadership of Bob Avakian, who has developed a whole new framework for human emancipation. So we close with an urgent message from the crucial revcom article “Watching Fruitvale Station with Bob Avakian:

    A leader like this comes along very, very rarely. And when this does happen, the absolute worst thing we could do is fail to recognize this, fail to act in accordance with this, fail to take this seriously, or take this for granted….

    Furthermore, and very crucially, we must fully confront the reality of what it would mean for the people of the world to lose this leader, and take extremely seriously that there are people and forces—those officially part of the powers-that-be, as well as those willing to do the work of the powers-that-be—who hate what BA represents and would like nothing more than to tear him down, silence him, and take him from the masses of people. And we must be absolutely determined not to let that happen.

    This means taking very seriously the need to do everything we can to protect and defend BA. This means denouncing and not giving a millimeter of space to those who slander and personally attack BA, because these attacks and slanders are part of creating the poisonous atmosphere and conditions that would make it easier for the powers-that-be, or those doing their bidding, to take BA from the people of the world. Protecting and defending BA, and building a wall around him, also means boldly and sharply challenging those who may not be part of the camp of the enemy, but who are wallowing in, or at least being influenced by, arrogance, cynicism and snark, and who seek to dismiss without seriously engaging what BA has brought forward; this arrogance, snark, cynicism, and dismissal, regardless of the intent of those who fall into it, stands in the way of BA and all that he has brought forward having the reach and societal influence that this urgently needs to have. And this, too, creates easier conditions for those who would try to silence and isolate BA and take him from the masses.

    Few things in life are more tragic than a critical lesson learned too late. And it would truly be a tragedy if BA were taken from the people, and then people said: “Wow, I wish I had realized sooner what we had here.”

    But the good news is: It is not too late. We, and the masses of the planet, have BA right now. We had better realize, and let everyone know, what that means.

    Overwhelmingly, the main thing about Malcolm X, which made him stand out from every other major Black leader of his time (the early ’60s), was his basic revolutionary stand: his defiance right in the face of the system; his uncompromising hatred for the oppression of the Black masses and his determination to fight against it; his bold disloyalty to America and exposure of its whole history of barbarous crimes against Black people and others...

    From A Horrible End, or An End To The Horror? by Bob Avakian

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    FOOTNOTES:

    1. In 1976, shortly after the death of revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, counter-revolutionaries staged a coup d'etat and moved to turn China into the capitalist-imperialist country it is today. [back]

  • ARTICLE:

    As U.S.-China Nuclear Rivalry Grows...

    Modern-Day M.A.D.-ness

    Updated

    Over the last week or more, there has been a lot of attention in this country’s major press being directed toward China’s recent military and nuclear buildup, and framing all this within the “concern” of the U.S., and how “we”—actually, the U.S. military and U.S. government—should see and respond to this “potential threat.”

    It is beyond my intentions in this letter to analyze all the ways in which there has been a buildup of imperialist rivalry in the world, particularly between the U.S. and China. But, there are 3 things that jumped out at me that are TOTALLY MISSING from the picture being painted by what I have read in the major press on this.

    1. Once more: this system needs to be overthrown.

    While it’s true that any rivalry to build up nuclear arms, and the disaster for humanity that would come of a nuclear war, is a bad thing for all sane and decent people, it is BEYOND RIDICULOUS the way that the U.S. is being treated as the reasonable force in this equation, as if it were a “responsible actor” seeking to reduce such a threat.

    First of all, let’s not forget that the U.S. is the only country that has every used nuclear weapons on people, and that the U.S. continues to utilize the threat of nuclear attack in its pursuit of “American interests” throughout the world. It also has to be said, the alarm being raised about China’s buildup is that it would involve China going from 200 nuclear warheads to 1,000 by 2030… MEANWHILE, the U.S. already has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world, in the range of 4,000 nuclear warheads!

     
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    The U.S. is the only country to have used nuclear weapons.   

    In fact, the real fear seems to be that China’s approach to nuclear buildup might, in the coming decade, begin to mimic the approach of the U.S. Another fact is that, for decades now, a cornerstone of how the big-time imperialists have conducted their international relations and foreign policy has been on the basis of what used to be called Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.), which is a much more accurate description than the modern dressed-up and prettified phrase being used in today’s articles, where they call this international understanding (of big-time gangsters holding nukes to each other’s heads) a “mutual vulnerability relationship.”

    This M.A.D.-ness stands as yet another towering condemnation of this capitalist system’s barbarity, and the imperialist world order it maintains… another declaration of its bankruptcy… and another cry to the decent people of the world to overthrow and abolish all such systems that would play “chicken” with the lives of so many people, and the fate of humanity.

    2. Once more: China is, in fact, a capitalist country.

    There is more to say (and more that has been said by Bob Avakian and Raymond Lotta) about the way China, when it was revolutionary and genuinely socialist in the period of 1949-1976, approached and handled being surrounded and threatened by imperialist powers.

    But it has to be said, what is happening today is yet another clear indicator of how far away China is from its days of being an inspiration and model to people of the world who hungered for liberation. As seen once again through these recent moves by China, its aim and priority is on becoming a growing and contending power in the CAPITALIST-IMPERIALIST world arena. They are only showing that even formerly oppressed nations, if left on the capitalist road, can aspire to and become big dogs in the dog-eat-dog arena of this system.

    But we, the masses of people throughout the world of all nationalities, have NO INTEREST in playing that game. We need a REAL revolution, and a genuinely socialist state power based on the new communism of Bob Avakian—which charts a whole different path even beyond the best of what has come before.

    3. Such a revolution, and exercising a genuinely socialist dictatorship, is NEEDED AND POSSIBLE.

    Bob Avakian, in addition to authoring The New Communism, which can and needs to be taken up throughout the world, has also led in developing a strategy for how a revolution could actually be won, even in a powerful country like the U.S. There is fighting doctrine for how revolutionary forces, when there is a situation that makes it possible to go all out to overthrow this system, can fight “our (emancipating) way” and not “their (reactionary) way,” and this contrast is not only necessary to achieve our liberating goals, but it is also one of the strengths of the revolution up against a reactionary force with superior destructive power, including nuclear weapons. (See Part 2 of Why We Need an Actual Revolution and How We Can Really Make Revolution [video here; text here], and On the Possibility of Revolution.)

    Bob Avakian has also authored the Constitution For The New Socialist Republic in North America, which would be established upon the victory of such a revolution, and which represents a concrete blueprint to establishing a radically new state power on the road to real emancipation. The necessary and far-seeing approach of this new republic toward nuclear weapons is spelled out in that constitution in point 3 of Defense and Security under Article 1, Section 2:

    3. The New Socialist Republic in North America will not develop, and will not use, nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction. It will wage a determined and many-sided struggle to rid the world of all such weapons–and it will do this as part of the larger, overall struggle to defeat and dismantle all imperialist and reactionary states and forces and to advance toward the achievement of communism, throughout the world, which will finally make it possible for the desires and dreams of countless human beings throughout history, and the fundamental interests of humanity, for a world without war, to at long last be realized.

    Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America

     

    "The New Socialist Republic in North America will not develop, and will not use, nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction...."

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    Rare Time

    Editors’ note: We received this poem written by an immigrant from Pakistan, who recently completed some study and discussion of the Declaration and Call from the Revcoms, and Bob Avakian’s article “THIS IS A RARE TIME WHEN REVOLUTION BECOMES POSSIBLE—WHY THAT IS SO, AND HOW TO SEIZE ON THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY.”

    The time is urgent,
    The time is rare,
    Organize forces,
    It’s time to prepare.

    It’s time to declare,
    From West to East,
    Revolution is possible,
    In the belly of the beast.

    When the ruling classes,
    Are in disarray,
    Unable to rule,
    In ‘the old way'.

    Fascists, Racists,
    All demons of 'the Right’,
    Are at each other's throat,
    In a bitter fight.

    It’s time to unite,
    With all who care.
    And raise our sights,
    With courage.
    and dare …

    Oppression is rampant,
    There's terrible pain,
    Let’s get prepared,
    To break every chain.

    Repolarize,
    For revolution, 
    'cause that is the only,
    Viable solution.

    The leader of Revolution,
    Bob Avakian,
    Has a scientific strategy, 
    A vision and a plan.

    His ‘New Communism'
    Is a true recipe,
    For the emancipation,
    Of humanity.

    Join the Revcoms, 
    Follow BA’s lead,
    This is the only
    Way to succeed.

  • ARTICLE:

    Correspondence from a Reader:

    Some Thoughts on What Makes a Revolutionary State Power Radically Different

    Two papers stimulated by Bob Avakian's recent article, "Why The World Is So Messed Up, And What Can Be Done to Radically Change This—A Basic Scientific Understanding," appeared on revcom.us recently (here and here). They carried a fierce spirit of revolutionary optimism grounded in the materialist analysis of history and its underlying dynamics laid out in BA's article. Each piece helped me pick up on points in BA's analysis that had slipped past me before—and these points were doubly powerful because they came alive with such a far-sighted determination to upend this outmoded system which has long outlived its usefulness, seeing that the basis exists for a radically different way of organizing society.

    In his piece, BA lays out the scientific basis for understanding the driving dynamics of human societies throughout history, and the basis for revolutionary leaps from one form of society to something new, and state power which maintains that form of society:

    To sum up this essential understanding of the relations in society and the basis for radically changing society: The economic base (the mode of production) is the foundation of society, which sets the ultimate terms and limits for what can happen in a given society; but it is in the superstructure where revolution can and must be made, by overthrowing the existing state power and system of political rule, and establishing a radically different state power and system of political rule, in order to move forward to transform the economic base, the social relations, and the superstructure as a whole, including the political institutions and processes as well as the culture and ideology.2

    For the moment, I'd like to focus on "A New State Power—How Cool Is That!" This piece focuses on the crucial point of what cannot be done without revolutionary state power, the dictatorship of the proletariat, and what potential can be unleashed by the new socialist state owning and wielding the means of production not at the dictates of the profit motive by competing centers of capital, but to meet social needs, and to take on and uproot the horrors of the old order. It gives inspiring examples of how this can, and must, unleash the creativity and energies of the masses in going to work on the challenges of society. One sharp example uses the materialist analysis laid out in BA's piece to cut through the stultifying and mind-numbing “everybody knows” verdict which says selfishness and competition are needed for society to work and that ignoring this “truth of human nature” causes economies and societies to grind to a halt—the discussion on how the people can take on the rebuilding of society, and the role of the state in this:

    All these youth hanging around on corners, would love to be put to work if they had the ability to build homes for people in their community. We have seen how people come together to figure out how to help each other during crisis. Well, this is what will be promoted, and will have the backing of the state. There will be a lot of work, a lot of repairing to be done after the revolution. There will need to be a lot of collectivity, people working together, a lot of figuring out/planning how to best address the needs of humanity.

    This lays out the role of the revolutionary state, creating new production and property relations, giving people collectively the means to meet their needs, including mobilizing people into the planning for this. Many who have been cast aside by this system will have been part of, or have been shaped by, the struggle to bring down the old system, and will see something radically different has come into being, with unimaginable horizons opening up—thinking about this for just a few minutes brings a sense of the spirit-shaking effect that unleashing the energies and creativity of the people will have on individuals, throughout the new society, and throughout the world. Many people will enter this era with a new outlook, new ideas, new thinking, in large part because of the work of the revolutionaries throughout the whole process leading up to the seizure of power. Others will need to be won to this though, especially as conflicts and challenges come up, including through sharp struggle to cast aside old ways of getting by.

    And some urgent objectives of the new society will not be as tangible and immediate, not as literally or figuratively "in their backyard," as people rebuilding their own community. And different political forces (with different outlooks and interests, and ultimately with different class outlooks) will be pulling and mobilizing people, at times to act in ways contrary to what is urgently needed. Think about the shattering of supply chains and economic relations of imperialist domination that will happen with this revolution, and the new contradictions this would open up. What will this mean in the short run, in terms of meeting needs here? And, decisively, think about the ongoing need to support to the greatest degree possible the advance of revolution throughout the globe, and meeting great needs of people throughout the world in a less linear way—taking the essential approach that the whole world comes first.

    And it's entirely possible there will be great needs that, if not sufficiently met by people voluntarily stepping up, could require some degree of compulsion (BA's discussion in his book, The New Communism, on the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, the nature of the people's armed forces, and the question of a draft in socialist society, goes into some of these contradictions better than I can at this time). All of this brings me to reflect on the role of the socialist state, beyond bringing these new production and property relations into being through the new order. What really defines this revolutionary state, beyond creation and enforcement of this new order?

    The revolutionary state—and the state power we need—must serve the new production and property relations, and these are not invented out of a dream for a more equitable and just world, but stem from the fundamental contradictions in socialist society—a new society shaped by the deep imprints of class-divided society as it has evolved, which mark the world the new power sets out to transform. As stated in BAsics 2:5,

    Socialism is the new society established after the seizure of power. Socialism is three things: a new economic system, a new political system and a transition to the final goal of communism.3

    BA has done invaluable work over the past few decades assessing the experience of past socialist societies, understanding the necessity they faced and the dynamics at work as a leading force seeks to carry forward the revolution while confronting the persisting legacy of class-divided society, as it manifests in unanticipated ways among the people, in the international situation, and in the vanguard itself. He shows how it is crucial to have a well-grounded leading solid core that, through a fearless process that follows truth wherever it leads, can come to understand the situation and transform the necessity they face by scientifically approaching these contradictions and working on them to wrench freedom from what on the surface may appear to be insurmountable challenges, on the basis of the underlying contradictions. In doing so, he has set communism on a more scientific foundation, and given us tools we must grasp and wield now, as they will be essential to identifying and seizing on opportunities in the current stage and will be essential to making great revolutionary leaps once revolutionary communists do hold state power.

    To this end, he states that the leading force in socialist society, the solid core, has four objectives:

    I have spoken before about the four objectives of the solid core, in socialist society—namely: to maintain power for the proletarian revolution; to expand the solid core to the greatest extent possible at any given time; to work to constantly narrow, and work toward finally overcoming, the difference between the solid core and the rest of society (this speaks to "the withering away of the state"); and to foster the maximum elasticity on the basis of the necessary solid core at any given time. All four of these objectives form a unity and are mutually interdependent and mutually influence each other, one way or the other. And, as I’ve said, even in communist society—although in a radically different waythis same principle will still apply, because it conforms to, or is an expression of, the nature of reality and its development through contradictory motion. (From BAsics 2:28.)

    As I see it, this passage really goes to the heart of the link between an approach to ascertaining the truth (or our epistemology) and communism as a scientific practice to carrying out the world historic task before us today: understanding the world, especially, but not only its socio-political evolution, character, and avenues for radical transformation—so that we can transform it.

    As discussed above, there is great potential for transformation in socialism, but also the seeds for great discord and contention. A key aspect of this is posed immediately in the wake of the seizure of power, but the dynamics that create these shifts in the allegiance of large groups play out in other times, too. BA has formulated an extremely important understanding of this—the parachute point, where in the process of making revolution masses become compressed around the revolution but then after victory, things open up. This is a breakthrough in orientation and strategy which is worth studying in full, but I would like to focus attention on a brief excerpt here:

    So here is where, after power is consolidated, "the parachute opens back out." In other words, all the diversity of political programs, outlooks, inclinations, and so on...all these things assert, or reassert, themselves. And if you go on the assumption that, because people all rallied to you at that particular moment when only your program could break through—if you identify that with the notion that they're all going to be marching in lockstep with you and in agreement with you at every point all the way to communism—you are going to make very serious errors.” (BAsics 3:29)4

    BA has noted elsewhere,

    It is easy to have a society where a privileged intellectual elite has considerable freedom to grapple with ideas—as long as they stay within certain confines and don’t fundamentally challenge the existing order….

    The hard thing is turning all of this upside down without stifling the critical spirit, the wrangling over ideas and theories and so on. Because we have also seen from history that it might be quite easy to institute a kind of monolithic system where only a few ideas are allowed to be debated out and where there is not real critical thinking and dissent. And we have seen that, to the degree that this is a tendency in socialist society, it works against socialism, against the revolutionary transformation of society, against the advance to communism. (BAsics 2:19)

    Finding ways to carry this forward without relying on the ability of the state to set the terms, through law and domination of major institutions, is crucial to the revolution actually creating a liberating society, and for carrying forward a process that increasingly "fits the masses to rule." This includes "relying on the masses to grasp their own interests and act accordingly, with leadership and through lively, vigorous debate and struggle."5 (BAsics 2:21) To do this, "we have to conceive of this process not as a neat and orderly one but as a very tumultuous one—and a volatile and chaotic one at times—through which a lot of things get brought forward and thrashed out by the masses."6 (BAsics 2:24)

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    All of this is fundamental to the very nature of the socialist state, alongside the new property and production relations, and the changes that can be achieved on the basis of this through a long back-and-forth process. When confronting the dire challenges laid out above, we should actively be seeking to transform the situation we confront to the greatest degree possible, on the basis of our understanding of the objective situation and its complex dynamics, seeing a rich web of greater and lesser contradictions and finding the decisive elements of the underlying structure of this interconnected web being shaped and determined by the most decisive contradiction(s). Working to understand the interplay of these contradictions in any of the situations above will require listening and learning from the people, their thoughts and views, as a part of leading, and advocating for, what is needed. This is the way we understand the "lay of the land" when it comes to the rich features of objective reality, the thinking of people, the sources of pushback and resistance, the factors which allow non-revolutionary tides to pull at the masses. This must be scientific and must fundamentally rely on the people. It is essential to making any real change and is a key part of how people in greater and greater numbers can not only understand the needs of society, but understand how this can be an all-the-way revolution and why it must be.

    It's exciting to examine the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America with an eye to both how it describes the new society, and also how it lays out the structural and institutional means to approach this kind of process. I'll briefly describe a few points here. It gives fundamental protections to the rights of people, to speak out, to organize, to use the mass media to get their views out there, and this applies for people who have major disagreements with the leadership. It also pays attention to the fact that a lot of these conflicts get expressed (or get expressed differently) on the local level, and even apportions legislative seats in ways that could link this decision-making and knowledge-generating process between the local level and the central level of the Socialist Republic as a whole. While this is not discussed in great detail, here I'm noting in Article I, Section 1.3.i, "20% of the total seats" in the central legislature for the Republic "shall be determined through votes cast by the organs of government at workplaces, neighborhoods, educational institutions, and other basic institutions of society (these organs of government shall themselves be elected by popular vote—see Article II, Section 2)"7 and that these and the various elected leadership bodies "shall, through meetings and assemblies and in other ways, report on their work and hold discussions of this work—and other matters of concern not only regarding the particular institution but the larger society and world—with those regularly involved in these institutions. In this and other ways, these leadership bodies and the members of these bodies should strive to build close relations with, to listen to the opinions and criticisms of, and to learn from at the same time as leading the people who are the foundation of these basic institutions, and of the society as a whole. This fundamental principle and approach should be applied by leadership in general, at all levels of society and government." (from Article II, Section 2.4)8

    Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America

     

    As one quick final note, I think in light of all of this, it's worth thinking about how we would handle the contradictions around the powder-keg question of the oppression of women and the various forms it takes today, and would take under a socialist state power. This is hit on powerfully by the statement that porn would be outlawed in socialism. Aside from applying the force of law to make change, I think it would be really beneficial to think about all of the things wrapped up with this, and how revolutionary leadership would address this.

    There is much more in these essays that is exciting, provocative, and merits much deeper discussion, but out of time limits, I will stop here for now.

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    FOOTNOTES:

    1. “Why The World Is So Messed Up, And What Can Be Done to Radically Change This—A Basic Scientific Understanding,” Revolution #720, October 4, 2021. [back]

    2. BAsics 2:5:

    The first great step or great leap in the road to communism is seizing power from the capitalists. Without that none of this is possible. But seizing power from them opens that way to making the advance to communism.

    Socialism is the new society established after the seizure of power. Socialism is three things: a new economic system, a new political system and a transition to the final goal of communism. Let’s talk about what this will make possible right away, once power has been seized. Let’s talk about the whole different nature of socialism as a society in which the masses of people are digging up the old rotten and putrid soil of capitalism and moving forward to the goal of a communist world.

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    3. BAsics 3:29:

    What has been said so far, concerning “solid core with a lot of elasticity,” relates very closely to the next point I want to get into, which is the “parachute" point: the concentration of things at the time of the seizure of power, and then the “opening out” again after the consolidation of power.

    This is a general principle as to how revolution goes, and it also has more specific application to a country like this, and this country in particular. Whatever the path to power in a particular country...at the time when countrywide political power can be seized, things become “compressed” politically. A lot of the diverse political trends and currents that are in opposition to the established power either become politically paralyzed and/or they become compressed in and around the one core that actually embodies the means for breaking through what needs to be broken through to meet the immediately, urgently felt needs of broad masses of people who are demanding radical change. This happens specifically and in a concentrated way when that need to break through to actually seize power is not just some sort of long-term strategic objective and consideration, but becomes immediately posed; when, along with that and as a part of that, other programs which are seeking social change become paralyzed in the attempts to implement them—run up against their limitations which, on a mass scale, causes people to reject them and to rally from them to the one program that actually does represent the way to break through.

    Things tend to become compressed at that point, as when a parachute closes up. And one of the things that has not been sufficiently understood—and has led to mistakes, in its not being correctly understood and dealt with—is the fact that, while this is a very real and important and necessary ingredient, in an overall sense, of actually being able to have the alignment that makes it possible to go for revolution, this is something that comes into being at the concentration point of a revolutionary situation but not something that will continue in the same way after that point has been passed, regardless of how that situation is resolved—not only if the revolutionary attempt fails or is defeated, but even if it is successful and results in the establishment of a new, radically different state power. Even then, after that situation has passed, and as things go forward in the new society, the “parachute” will “open back up” and “spread out.”…

    So here is where, after power is consolidated, "the parachute opens back out." In other words, all the diversity of political programs, outlooks, inclinations, and so on...all these things assert, or reassert, themselves. And if you go on the assumption that, because people all rallied to you at that particular moment when only your program could break through—if you identify that with the notion that they're all going to be marching in lockstep with you and in agreement with you at every point all the way to communism—you are going to make very serious errors. This is a very important point in general in terms of revolution and, obviously, would have particular and important application in a country like the U.S. And, obviously, this relates to solid core with a lot of elasticity.

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    4. BAsics 2:21:

    In socialist society we should not act as if the central authority is all-knowing and as if things will be fine if it relies on its authority to get masses to go along with things, rather than relying on the masses to grasp their own interests and act accordingly, with leadership and through lively, vigorous debate and struggle. We cannot rely on such authority when we don’t have it, in the old society, and we should not try to rely on it when we do have it in the new society—or it won’t last long either. 

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    5. BAsics 2:24

    We should not only allow but even encourage oppositional politics under the dictatorship of the proletariat, because we have to conceive of this process not as a neat and orderly one but as a very tumultuous one—and a volatile and chaotic one at times—through which a lot of things get brought forward and thrashed out by the masses. Now, this doesn’t mean that we can just turn power back over to the bourgeoisie indirectly or inadvertently by “loosening the reins” so much that there’s no core that’s driving the society forward to where it needs to go and is leading the masses of people to ever more consciously and voluntarily strive for those things. But that shouldn’t be seen as like an engine on a track that’s going straight ahead. It’s a much more tumultuous and tortuous process where a lot of different things are going to get into the mix and a lot of different contradictions are going to be wrestled over, and a lot of different ideas are going to be brought forward about how to do that, and where increasingly the masses are being relied on and involved consciously in the process of thrashing these things out themselves.

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    6. Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal)Article I, Section 1.3:

    3.  Apportioned popular vote, as the means of  election of the central Legislature, shall be organized and conducted in accordance with  provisions and procedures established by the Legislature (or, in the case of the first elected Legislature in the New Socialist Republic in  North America, by the Provisional Governing Council).  But the following shall apply in the voting for the central Legislature:

    i. 20% of the total seats shall be determined through votes cast by the organs of government at workplaces, neighborhoods, educational institutions, and other basic institutions of society (these organs of government shall themselves be elected by popular vote–see Article II, Section 2).

    ii. 20% of the total seats shall be determined through votes cast by the organs of government in the local areas and regions, including any  autonomous regions and autonomous areas that may be established (these organs of government shall also be elected by popular vote–see Article II, Section 1).

    iii. 30% of the total seats shall be determined through votes cast through direct popular election, with voting to be conducted by districts, established by the central Legislature (or, in the case of the first elected Legislature, by the Provisional Governing Council) for the purpose of electing this Legislature. Everyone eligible to vote and to serve in the Legislature may stand for election in this process.

    iv. 30% of the total seats shall be also determined by votes cast through direct popular election, conducted by districts, in the same manner and with the same eligibility requirements as described in the paragraph above (iii), with the difference that in this process those standing for election will have been recommended by a nominating council established and led by the Revolutionary Communist Party (it shall be the general orientation of this council, and of the Party in establishing and leading it, that wherever and whenever feasible more than one group of candidates shall be nominated and that those nominated reflect a diversity of views, within the overall framework of the principles and objectives  set forth in the Preamble and elsewhere in this Constitution).

    v. While the Legislature—or, in the case of the first election to the Legislature, the Provisional Governing Council—shall determine the ratio of elected to electors in the voting for the Legislature, the percentages set forth in points i through iv above may not be altered and the total number of the Legislature may not exceed 500, nor be less than 300, members.

    vi. Access to government media and other public means of communication shall be made available, on an equal basis, to all those  who  are candidates for direct election (as set forth in 3,iii and 3,iv above), and a situation shall be fostered where all candidates can have their views and intentions made known in an atmosphere conducive to serious consideration, discussion and debate in regard to the views and intentions of the candidates.

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    7. Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal), Article II, Section 2. Basic Institutions:

    1. Governing and leadership bodies shall be established in all the basic institutions of society, as established by the central Legislature and/or the legislature at other levels. These governing and leadership bodies shall exercise both decision-making and executive functions and shall work in close coordination and cooperation with those they lead.

    2. These leadership bodies shall be elected as follows:

    i. 1/2 shall be chosen by direct popular vote from among candidates recommended by the Revolutionary Communist Party (or by a body appointed by the Party for this  purpose). Here again, the principles discussed above, concerning the orientation and approach in regard to the nomination of such candidates, shall be applied.

    ii. 1/2 shall be chosen by direct popular vote in which all those eligible to vote in such an election, and to hold office, may stand for election.

    iii. Those who stand for election—in accordance with points i and ii above—must reside or work in, or regularly attend or regularly take part in, the particular institution (according to its specific nature) and must be 18 years of age or older, with the exception that in educational (and other) institutions where there are a significant number of persons under the age of 18, provision should be made (by the leadership body in question) for the selection and participation of a certain percentage of such persons in this leadership body, provided that this amounts to less than 1/3 of the leadership body.

    3. These leadership bodies shall serve for 2 years.

    4. These leadership bodies shall, through meetings and assemblies and in other ways, report on their work and hold discussions of this work—and other matters of concern not only regarding the particular institution but the larger society and world—with those regularly involved in these institutions. In this and other ways, these leadership bodies and the members of these bodies should strive to build close relations with, to listen to the opinions and criticisms of, and to learn from at the same time as leading the people who are the foundation of these basic institutions, and of the society as a whole. This fundamental principle and approach should be applied by leadership in general, at all levels of society and government.

    5. The leadership bodies of these basic institutions may be recalled by a vote of at least 2/3 of all those who are eligible to vote in elections for these leadership bodies (with voting in regard to such recall in accordance with what is set forth in points 2,i and 2,ii above).

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  • ARTICLE:

    Materials for Organizing for Revolution

    These materials are for everyone who wants to play a role in spreading revolution—to your friends, in your communities, in the many different and creative ways you can think of getting them out.

     


    Leaflets

     

    ONE-SIDED
    TWO-SIDED—for protest
    (with space for information about Revolution Club Mass Meetings)       

    Banners

    Break the chains! Unleash the fury of women as a mighty force for revolution!

     

    No going back! No surrender!

     

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    Posters

    Break All The Chains - Unleash the Fury of Women as a Mighty Force for Revolution

     

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    Forced motherhood is female enslavement - abortion on demand & without apology

     

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    Patriarchy & capitalism: you can't end one without ending the other - Revolution, Nothing Less!

     

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    No going back, no surrender - abortion on demand & without apology

     

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    Christian fascist theocrats get your laws & vigilantes off our bodies!

     

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    Social media

    Dec 1 Act Supreme Court hearing is an abortion rights emergency

     

    T-shirts

    Stickers

    Break all the chains! Unleash the fury of women as a mighty force for Revolution!

     

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    Forced motherhood is female enslavement! Abortion on demand & without apology!

     

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    No going back - No surrender! Abortion on demand & without apology!

     

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    Patriarchy & capitalism: you can't end one without ending the other. Revolution, Nothing Less!

     

    Color | B&W