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Sunday, September 1, 2019:
Stand with Berkeley Revolution Books Against Fascist Threats and Attacks

Fascists March on Revolution Books...
Again We Will Not Be Intimidated!
Which Side Will You Be On!

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A Defiant Day in Berkeley Defending and Supporting Revolution Books!

In the face of another fascist attack on Revolution Books in Berkeley—a "No to Marxism" protest by a group of pro-Trump fascists—people poured into Revolution Books and into the streets of Berkeley to say NO! Starting around 10 am, anti-fascist protesters started gathering in People's Park, and then took off marching toward the tiny fascist rally. Members of the Revolution Club agitated in the crowd, and as the march passed the bookstore, the chants rang out, "When Rev Books is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!" At 11:30 am, Revolution Books held a press conference to a packed crowd of supporters, new and old. After Reiko Redmonde and Rafael Kadaris spoke on behalf of the bookstore and the National Revolution Tour, we heard statements of support from artists, poets, authors, bookstore owners, local political figures, and others... Read more

 

From Revolution Books, Berkeley

In the last couple years, a bunch of vile know-nothing pro-Trump fascists have repeatedly attacked Revolution Books and even threatened to burn it down! And now, once again this Sunday, Sept. 1, they’re marching on Revolution Books.

The call for their “No to Marxism” protest says, “Revolution Books is a communist anti-American store.” Innocent as charged! Revolution Books is the intellectual, cultural, and political center of a movement for an actual revolution. At the heart of our store is the new communism developed by Bob Avakian—the most radical and scientific understanding of the world and how it can be changed. While these flag-waving cheerleaders for U.S. imperialism celebrate “America First,” Revolution Books carries novels, poetry, plays, history, and analyses, which tell the truth about of this country and value the humanity of people throughout the world. As Bob Avakian says, “Internationalism—The Whole World Comes First.”

They say, “This store promotes books and the ideology of calling for open revolution to the American people and a communist overthrow of America.” Why yes, we do promote books! All kinds of books! And yes, we are calling for revolution to get rid of this capitalist system that’s destroying billions of lives and destroying the environment of our planet. At Revolution Books you can find the strategy for how to make an actual revolution. And you can pick up the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, written by Bob Avakian, to learn about the liberating society we start building day 1 after this system is overthrown.

This has been a summer of white supremacy pouring forth from the oval office and muzzles of AR-15s, unleashed by a fascist regime in power, while way too many people turn their heads away and do nothing “because it hasn’t affected ME yet.” This fascism is not a sideshow or something that can be voted away, but is deeply rooted in this system – it can and is “happening here.” It’s time get off the sidelines and ACT!

What you can do now to oppose these fascists and support Revolution Books

  • Revolution Books is OPEN!
    Come to the giant used book sale
    Friday, Aug 30 - Monday, Sept 2, 11-6pm
  • Buy some books! Volunteer for a couple hours. And be there especially on Sunday, starting at 11:30am, to defend and stand with Rev Books when this “No to Marxism” march comes by. Calling all poets, writers, authors: Come do a reading at the bookstore on Sunday!
  • Donate!

The best way to say “fuck you” to these fascists is to support the bookstore and the movement for revolution that they hate and fear so much! Revolution Books is an all-volunteer collective, which needs your support in order to survive and thrive. Half of all donations will go to the National Revolution Tour, which is traveling the country organizing for revolution. Find out more at Revcom.us. Donate here.

August 30, 2019,
Urgent Message from Revolution Books in Harlem:

Stand with Berkeley Revolution Books Against Fascist Threats and Attacks

Our sister store, Revolution Books in Berkeley, is facing threats of attack by fascists. A group of Trump-thumping thugs has announced a “No to Marxism” march on the Berkeley store this Sunday, September 1. Over the past 2 years, this same group has blocked, menaced, and physically assaulted RB in Berkeley-- and threatened to “burn it down.”

It is no accident that Revolution Books is targeted. RB stands utterly opposed to this capitalist-imperialist system and the monstrous fascist regime it has given rise to.

Revolution Books is the political, intellectual, and cultural center of a movement for an actual revolution. A revolution to overthrow this system and put a stop once and for all to the wars of empire, white supremacy, subjugation of women, persecution of immigrants, and the destruction of the environment. A revolution to emancipate all of humanity --guided by the most radical and scientific understanding of the world and how it can be changed: the new communism developed by Bob Avakian.

At RB, the whole world comes first. It is the site of probing and provocative discussion, debate, and analysis of why the world is the way it is and how it could be different. You find books and author programs that tell of humanity’s past, present, and possible future.

Such a bookstore is anathema to these fascists—and to the Trump/Pence fascist regime that incites and legitimizes such attacks. Revolution Books is in the cross-hairs. But the assault is much wider... and widening. Bookstores and other institutions that value and promote critical thinking, the search for the truth, and social justice are targets of this regime and its on-the-ground strike forces. Last May, these ghouls tried to stop a talk by a scholar of white racism at a Washington, DC bookstore.

This is a dangerous moment. A fascist regime is in power—and aiming to consolidate full control, crush opposition, and lock down society and the life of the mind. People need to take to the streets to drive the Trump/Pence regime from power. We encourage you to watch the film of the talk by Bob Avakian The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America. A Better World IS Possible.

We call on people of conscience and conviction, those appalled and outraged by the direction that society is going in, and all who yearn for a world free of all oppression to STAND WITH AND DEFEND REVOLUTION BOOKS.

What you can do:

  • Spread this email.
  • Send messages of support to Revolution Books in Berkeley: revolutionbooksberkeley@gmail.com
  • If you're in the Bay Area, go to Revolution Books this Labor Day Weekend to show your support.
  • Donate to Revolution Books in Berkeley or to Revolution Books in New York City.

From Revolution Books, Berkeley

In the last couple years, a bunch of vile know-nothing pro-Trump fascists have repeatedly attacked Revolution Books and even threatened to burn it down! And now, once again this Sunday, Sept. 1, they’re marching on Revolution Books.

The call for their “No to Marxism” protest says, “Revolution Books is a communist anti-American store.” Innocent as charged! Revolution Books is the intellectual, cultural, and political center of a movement for an actual revolution. At the heart of our store is the new communism developed by Bob Avakian—the most radical and scientific understanding of the world and how it can be changed. While these flag-waving cheerleaders for U.S. imperialism celebrate “America First,” Revolution Books carries novels, poetry, plays, history, and analyses, which tell the truth about of this country and value the humanity of people throughout the world. As Bob Avakian says, “Internationalism—The Whole World Comes First.”

They say, “This store promotes books and the ideology of calling for open revolution to the American people and a communist overthrow of America.” Why yes, we do promote books! All kinds of books! And yes, we are calling for revolution to get rid of this capitalist system that’s destroying billions of lives and destroying the environment of our planet. At Revolution Books you can find the strategy for how to make an actual revolution. And you can pick up the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, written by Bob Avakian, to learn about the liberating society we start building day 1 after this system is overthrown.

This has been a summer of white supremacy pouring forth from the oval office and muzzles of AR-15s, unleashed by a fascist regime in power, while way too many people turn their heads away and do nothing “because it hasn’t affected ME yet.” This fascism is not a sideshow or something that can be voted away, but is deeply rooted in this system – it can and is “happening here.” It’s time get off the sidelines and ACT!

What you can do now to oppose these fascists and support Revolution Books

  • Revolution Books is OPEN!
    Come to the giant used book sale
    Friday, Aug 30 - Monday, Sept 2, 11-6pm
  • Buy some books! Volunteer for a couple hours. And be there especially on Sunday, starting at 11:30am, to defend and stand with Rev Books when this “No to Marxism” march comes by. Calling all poets, writers, authors: Come do a reading at the bookstore on Sunday!
  • Donate!

The best way to say “fuck you” to these fascists is to support the bookstore and the movement for revolution that they hate and fear so much! Revolution Books is an all-volunteer collective, which needs your support in order to survive and thrive. Half of all donations will go to the National Revolution Tour, which is traveling the country organizing for revolution. Find out more at Revcom.us. Donate here.

For Immediate Release
August 30, 2019

Contact: Revolution Books revolutionbooksberkeley@gmail.com

PRESS CONFERENCE TO DEFEND REVOLUTION BOOKS AGAINST FASCIST THREATS AND ATTACKS

On the day know-nothing, pro-Trump, fascist thugs are marching from Sproul Plaza to Revolution Books for the 11th time in 2 years, Revolution Books remains open and defiant.

Press conference
11:30AM at Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Avenue

Speakers include:

  • Rafael Kadaris, member of the National Tour to Get Organized for An Actual Revolution
  • Reiko Redmonde, manager, Revolution Books, Berkeley
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Cheryl Davila
  • Members of the community, book and art world who value critical thinking, the role of art, the life of the mind and...revolution.

Book sale, poetry readings, speakers and surprises to follow throughout the day.

Revolution Books is the political, intellectual and cultural center of a movement for an ACTUAL revolution, and the New Communism developed by Bob Avakian.

For Immediate Release
August 30, 2019

Contact: Revolution Books revolutionbooksberkeley@gmail.com

PRESS CONFERENCE TO DEFEND REVOLUTION BOOKS AGAINST FASCIST THREATS AND ATTACKS

On the day know-nothing, pro-Trump, fascist thugs are marching from Sproul Plaza to Revolution Books for the 11th time in 2 years, Revolution Books remains open and defiant.

Press conference
11:30AM at Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Avenue

Speakers include:

  • Rafael Kadaris, member of the National Tour to Get Organized for An Actual Revolution
  • Reiko Redmonde, manager, Revolution Books, Berkeley
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Cheryl Davila
  • Members of the community, book and art world who value critical thinking, the role of art, the life of the mind and...revolution.

Book sale, poetry readings, speakers and surprises to follow throughout the day.

Revolution Books is the political, intellectual and cultural center of a movement for an ACTUAL revolution, and the New Communism developed by Bob Avakian.

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You’ve read this article, now think about the crucial role revcom.us plays.  White supremacy and fascism are running rampant, and women’s basic rights are being ripped away.  America threatens wars on Venezuela and Iran, as it terrorizes immigrant families and wantonly plunders our environment—imperiling humanity’s very future.  At revcom.us you learn where these horrors come from, how they can be ended through an actual revolution, and how people are working now toward revolution.  You can find, engage and spread the work of Bob Avakian, the leader of this revolution, the architect of the new communism, and author of a concrete blueprint for a new society moving toward full emancipation. So become part of fighting for humanity’s future: sustain or donate now.

 

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A Defiant Day in Berkeley Defending and Supporting Revolution Books!

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From Revolution Books, Berkeley:

In the face of another fascist attack on Revolution Books in Berkeley—a "No to Marxism" protest by a group of pro-Trump fascists—people poured into Revolution Books and into the streets of Berkeley to say NO! Starting around 10 am, anti-fascist protesters started gathering in People's Park, and then took off marching toward the tiny fascist rally. Members of the Revolution Club agitated in the crowd, and as the march passed the bookstore, the chants rang out, "When Rev Books is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!" At 11:30 am, Revolution Books held a press conference to a packed crowd of supporters, new and old. After Reiko Redmonde and Rafael Kadaris spoke on behalf of the bookstore and the National Revolution Tour, we heard statements of support from artists, poets, authors, bookstore owners, local political figures, and others.

At the end of the press conference, there was a commotion outside of the bookstore as the fascists tried to march toward the store. Bookstore supporters and anti-fascists linked arms in front of the store, while many pushed forward into the street, driving the few flag-waving fascists back up Telegraph Avenue, accompanied by over 50 heavily armed riot pigs. Protesters chanted "1, 2, 3, 4, slavery, genocide and war, 5, 6, 7, 8, America was never great," and "Nazi book burners, get the fuck out of Berkeley!" After the fascists left, dozens of curious University of California, Berkeley students—who received an email the day before from the university administration warning them to stay away from the protests—stood around Bancroft and Telegraph Avenue discussing what had happened and digging into questions of reform vs revolution, and capitalism vs communism, with the Revolution Club.

Throughout the day, hundreds of people came in and out of the store, browsing and mingling, and buying books. Most importantly, lots and lots of new people were introduced to this intellectual, political, and cultural center of a movement for an actual revolution, and the new communism and leadership of Bob Avakian that is at the core of that revolution. One Cal freshman who just moved to Berkeley was thrilled by the whole experience today and bought BAsics by Bob Avakian because he said he had to find out what this is all about. This anti-communist counter-revolutionary attack was definitely met with MORE REVOLUTION!

Stay tuned to revcom.us and to Revolution Books Berkeley at Twitter.com/RevolutionBksB and Facebook.com/RevolutionBooks for latest developments.

Livestream from Revolution Books, Berkeley, September 1

After the press conference, there was a commotion outside of the bookstore as the fascists tried to march toward the store. Bookstore supporters and anti-fascists linked arms in front of the store.

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Berkeley Revolution Books Faces Threats and Attacks

Statements From Writers and Others for Revolution Books, Berkeley

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Join those signing this statement:

As fascists once again threaten Revolution Books in Berkeley, while our government expands its war on truth, knowledge, and science...

As fascism here and around the world endangers the lives and futures of millions of people...

We who write to connect humanity and inspire empathy, to provoke critical thought and debate, to record the richness and diversity of human experience and transform it, to bring a better world into being through the beauty and power of language...

We stand unequivocally with Revolution Books against repeated assaults that conjure up a legacy of Nazi book burnings.

We call on everyone with a poetic spirit and hunger for justice to defend this radical and necessary bookstore.

We pledge to resist the horror of a fascist America. Our hearts are with Revolution Books.

Chaitali Sen, author; Sarah Roark, graphic novelist; Moazzam Sheikh, writer and librarian; Anis Shivani, writer; Soniah Kamal, author; Dena Afrasiabi, writer and editor; Rinku Sen, writer; Devi S. Laskar, author; Anita Felicelli, author; Shamala Gallagher, writer; Harriet Harmon; Amin Ahmad, writer; Mehnaaz Momen, writer; Gina Apostol, author; Sharbari Zohra Ahmed, author and screenwriter; Mira Jacob, author; Monique Truong, author; Nekitha X, writer and poet; Jonathan Metzl, author and professor; Nayomi Munaweera, writer; Idee Kwak, composer, author, speaker; Laurie Filipelli, author; Hasanthika Sirisena, writer; Natalia Sylvester, author; David I. Orenstein, professor; Marty Goodman, former board member, Transport Workers Local 100 (NY Transit Workers); Saba Waheed, writer; Frances de Pontes Peebles, author; Purvi Shah, poet; Shikha Malaviya, writer and publisher; Sikivu Hutchinson, author; Abe Louise Young, writer and editor; Steven Felicelli, writer; Anya Groner, writer; José Skinner, author; Gary Pak, writer and cultural worker; Nina McConigley, writer; Jack Kaulfus, writer; Ire’ne Lara Silva, writer; Idra Novey, author; Stacy Elko, artist and writer; Shobha Rao, writer; Shujaat Mirza, poet and art curator; Clare Beams, writer

Immigrant woman activist:

As an immigrant woman activist in the Bay Area, I am in solidarity with Revolution Books. I strongly reject these nationalist supremacist hate groups that are trying to take away this space that represents a space for revolutionary ideas leading to a world without borders, a world where a woman's decisions about her body and her life are respected, where LGBTQ communities have full rights to express themselves and be validated, where the environment can be taken care of and respected—and for this to happen capitalism has to be overthrown. These fascist groups reject these ideas and are taking actions to attack Revolution Books, which is why as a community, we should defend Revolution Books from these attacks and be in solidarity.


Rickey Vincent, KPFA radio host and author of Party Music:

Revolution Books is a Bay Area treasure and an essential source for voices of change in our corrupted new-Fascist society today. Revolution Books deserves to be protected and celebrated now more than ever!

Joyce Carol Oates:

Freedom of expression—freedom of the press—freedom of public libraries & publically accessible bookstores: all are crucial to our American democracy. Everyone who cares about the future of our country should unite to defend these essential freedoms & to protest any threat to these including “marches” against bookstores like Revolution Books in Berkeley by self-styled “patriots.”


Ken Kozick, Sheafe Street Books, Portsmouth, NH:

The staff here at this independent bookstore in Portsmouth, NH want it to be known that we support Revolution Books and all bookstores in the never ending effort to keep all information available to the reading public. Humankind is mirrored by its bookstores. Don't let the brownshirts get you down!

Onward!


Gary Bono, for International Publishers

We at International strongly stand in solidarity with you against this assault on the people's right of free thought and expression. We do this also in remembrance that our founder, Alexander Trachtenberg, years ago went to prison to defend that right against those that wanted to take it away then as you stand against those who want to take it away now.


David I. Orenstein, Professor

Burning books and bookstores is the first act in destroying the exchange of ideas, the free press, freedom of thought and freedom of speech. No one person, group, entity or government should be allowed to take away this fundamental human right.

Dewey Crumpler, muralist, SF:

I want to extend my support for the on going great work of this bookstore and all independent bookstores against the right wing deniers of human liberty. Revolution Books has always stood for freedom through Knowledge and the right of all peoples.


Marisa J. Fuentes, Associate Professor, History and Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University—New Brunswick:

I’m writing in support of Revolution Books—Berkeley who faces attacks from fascist groups with a protest this Sunday and assaults in the recent past. This bookstore is a space of freedom, free speech and community building. It serves as one of the few remaining independent bookstores across the country and serves academic and public communities by fostering public education, dialog and revolutionary change. I was honored to give a book talk in the store a few years ago with colleagues, friends and family. It is a vital space to think collectively about radical change against a system structured by inequity, gun violence and white supremacy. I stand in solidarity with Revolution Books against white supremacist attacks and fascist threats. 


Carolyn Greer and Liz Koch, Co-Producers, Brooklyn Book Festival:

To our friends at the Revolution Bookstore,

Bookstores hold the words and ideas of a diversity of minds and concepts. It is imperative in a democracy that book stores should be allowed to freely, curate their stores and sell books of their choice to their patrons. The Brooklyn Book Festival stands in solidarity with Revolution Books—be it in their NYC store or Berkeley one—and indeed for all bookstores—for their right to present authors and make books of their choice available for the public.


P.E. Moskowitz, author of The Case Against Free Speech:

D. L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate:

I 100% fully support Revolution Books in their efforts to make the world a better place for all people, to educate the public at large, and to lift up a variety of voices in the community.

Having recently had the honor of reading there with fellow poets laureate on the topic of social justice, it was a warm, welcoming space with a wide variety of books and passionate speakers who expose the public to new ideas for the sake of progress and gaining true knowledge about the past.

It is a true shame that this bookstore is under attack and has been threatened by those who would seek to destroy fundamental human rights that should be guaranteed to all. By this note, I stand in solidarity with all the brave souls across political lines who are against fascism and hatred.

As Heinrich Heine said, “Where they burn books, so too will they in the end burn people.”

Berkeley must do all it can to protect this gem of a place, and the volunteers who run it.


Bolerium Books, SF:

A fascist group is claiming that it plans to attack a Berkeley bookstore, Revolution Books, this weekend. Obviously we stand against all would-be book burners. Here's our statement of solidarity:

Facebook/Bolerium Books


Shobha Rao, author:

There is no room for equivocation. Revolution, as an act of the human mind and in the name of human freedom, is under attack. Revolution books is radical, necessary, and here to stay


Games of Berkeley:

On a serious note, one of our neighbors—Revolution Books—is concerned about potentially being targeted with threats, vandalism, or worse by members of tomorrow’s so-called “No To Marxism March.” The route is likely to include their store at 2444 Durant, which will hold a press conference at 11:30 am, and have speakers and readers the entire day. If you’re in the area and so inclined, please drop by and show your support.

Also, be aware that there is a planned protest at Sproul Plaza Sunday at noon, and a planned counter-protest at People’s Park at the same time.


Lucia Grillo, actress, filmmaker:

This is really distressing, a serious threat to all that we, those who are against Trump’s hateful agenda, stand up for.  Please STAND WITH AND DEFEND REVOLUTIONS. And get with Refuse Fascism who have been out every day fighting to end this regime—for all!

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The Arctic Burns, Greenland Melts... The System Continues Carrying Out Its Death Sentence on Humanity and Nature

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Climate change continues to accelerate, hitting the planet harder and harder—and the Arctic north among the hardest of all. Two major catastrophic signs of how fast things are moving in the Arctic—and for the planet as a whole—emerged in July and August. On August 1, the layer of ice covering the country of Greenland melted more in a single day than has ever been recorded, sending 12.5 billion tons of water into the ocean. For the last two months, unprecedented wildfires have burned from Alaska to Siberia, including north of the Arctic Circle. The fires have devastated wild forests and released huge amounts of greenhouse gases that further warm the planet.

The horror of eco-catastrophe accelerates with each passing week. Why? Because capitalism-imperialism, in its ruthless and anarchic pursuit of profit and competitive advantage, not only has ravaged the environment and but is driven to continue to do it, injecting more and more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in the insane rush for profit that drives it.

The planet is on fire, and nothing but revolution to end capitalism and bring a socialist society as a transition to global communism has any real chance of saving the planet and humanity. This is a revolution whose goal is the emancipation of all humanity, which must encompass the conscious restructuring of humanity’s relationship to the rest of nature, as caretakers of the planet and not its plunderers. This can only be accomplished with the overthrow of capitalism.

For more on a revolutionary approach, go here.

Greenland Is Melting

The unprecedented melting of the Greenland ice sheet threatens coastal areas around the world where millions of people live. It is one of the two largest masses of ice on the planet. If the Greenland ice sheet were to melt completely, sea levels would rise about 20 feet, submerging cities like New York, Miami, London, Shanghai, and Mumbai.

At the other side of the planet the Antarctic ice sheet, Earth’s largest ice mass, is also melting. A complete melt there would raise sea level more than 200 feet, making current coastlines unrecognizable.

While climate scientists have been sounding the alarm over melting global ice for many years, the current rate of ice loss is much worse than previous estimates. While projections of ice melt are difficult, Xavier Fettweis, a climate researcher at the University of Liège, said that the current models wouldn’t have anticipated this rate of melt this month in Greenland until 2070, 50 years from now.

Scientists warn that both the Greenland and the Antarctic ice sheets are already at or approaching what are called tipping points. This means that the changes that have been gradually getting worse could take a leap to a situation where the ice will continue to melt and the planet heat up EVEN IF all the human activity that now contributes to global warming stops. Fully melting these enormous ice sheets (some of which are miles deep) might take centuries but the consequences for both human society and the natural world are immense. We have to stop this NOW or future generations will pay an enormous price.

The Arctic Is on Fire

While the ice sheets melt, wildfires are engulfing large parts of the Arctic, including Siberia, Alaska, Greenland, and Canada. Global warming is a major factor in the increase of wildfires. Summer fire seasons are longer and hotter. This dries the forest, creating more combustible material adding to the size and intensity of the fires.

In Alaska more than two million acres have burned this year. More acres were burned by fires in Alaska this year than by all the wildfires in California during 2018—wildfires which shocked the country and made international news. Fire season in Alaska usually ends by late August, but more than 200 fires continue to burn at this writing. Last week a new major fire, the McKinley Fire, broke out 80 miles north of Anchorage and it continues to fill the city with toxic smoke.

The fires in Siberia are continuing to burn three months after they started. On August 6, Russia’s forest service reported that it was actively fighting 161 fires and has given up fighting 295 fires and is simply monitoring them from space.

The Russian government ignored the fires for weeks. Smoke from the fires poisoned the air. Pristine forests went up in flames, utterly destroyed. The government claimed that putting them out was “not economically viable.” The Russian government finally declared a state of emergency after more than one million people signed petitions demanding that the government take action.

CNN reported that smoke from the Russian fires has spread over almost half of the country and even reached the west coast of the United States. In the Krasnoyarsk region, 60 miles from one of the fires, a 32-year-old woman holding a baby described the conditions to the website Phys.org, “It feels like it fills your whole body. There is nothing to breathe. We can’t hide from it... Children and adults are coughing non-stop.”

The fires are not just caused by climate change, they are accelerating the warming process. According to Greenpeace Russia, as of early August the Siberian fires are emitting more than 166 million tons of CO2—nearly as much as 36 million cars emit in a year. Fires in the Arctic are especially dangerous for the climate as black soot settles on the Arctic ice and accelerates its melting since dark colors absorbs light and white reflects it. The fires also contribute to deforestation, another driver of climate change since forests take CO2 out of the air.

Deeper into a Crossroads for Humanity and the Planet

The situation is urgent. False, dead-end solutions like the “Green New Deal” or attempts to channel the people’s anger into bourgeois electoral bullshit (#BEB) must be challenged and defeated politically. (See 5 Reasons “The Green New Deal” Is Misleading, Dangerous and Part of the Problem.”) They are not “part of the solution”—they do great harm, diverting and misleading people when they need to be confronted with the real problem and the actual way to solve it.

As the article on the Green New Deal says, “There are only two choices: let the planet hurtle uncontrollably towards environmental disaster, and let other horrors continue and intensify such as wars of aggression and the oppression of Black and Brown people, of women, and of immigrants; OR we make a revolution, an actual revolution to overthrow this system of capitalism-imperialism.

Such a revolution would confront a landscape in which terrible damage will have been done by this system. It will not be a question of a few touches here and there and then it’s all good—this will require a monumental effort from humanity to struggle and work its way back to a livable planet. But social relations between people ruled by “profit over all” and “expand or die” will no longer straitjacket humanity, the scientific method and creative spirit could be unleashed and applied on a whole other level, and that could make all the difference.

How the new socialist system could do that is laid out in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, by Bob Avakian, BA. The deep reasons requiring that, and the revolutionary path to bringing that system in, are set forth in BA’s speech Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Could Really Make Revolution.

This is the only choice we have. Be part of making it real.

The Destruction of the Planet by Capitalism-Imperialism

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Climate scientist Irina Overeem, who placed a meltwater monitoring station in western Greenland eight years ago, recorded a dramatic video of water rushing off the melting ice sheet.

 

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Capitalism-Imperialism Is Destroying the Planet...
Only Revolution Gives Humanity a Real Chance to Save It

"...we have two choices: either, live with all this—and condemn future generations to the same, or worse, if they have a future at all—or, make revolution!"

—Bob Avakian

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  • Hurricane Dorian struck the Caribbean nation of the Bahamas with unprecedented force. A week later, thousands were still missing, with the number of dead rising, countless homes destroyed, whole towns and communities wiped out, and tens of thousands needing clean water, food, housing and medical aid. Global warming is increasing the power and intensity of hurricanes, especially affecting island nations and coastal areas around the world. Above: Great Abaco, Bahamas, September 5, 2019 (Photo: AP)

  • Two signs in the Arctic of how quickly and catastrophically climate change is affecting the world: 1) August 1, the layer of ice covering Greenland melted more in a single day than has ever been recorded. 2) For the past two months, unprecedented wildfires have been burning from Alaska to Siberia, including north of the Arctic Circle, destroying wild forests and sending more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Above: Rapid melting in the Barnes Ice Cap in the Canadian Arctic. (Photo via University of Colorado, 2017)

  • The Amazon rainforest, the largest rainforest in the world, is burning—causing deadly harm to what is known as the "lungs of the planet." The fires are set deliberately by farmers and agribusiness companies with the backing of the Brazilian government. If this continues, the results would be horrific: extinction of tens of thousands of species and further acceleration of global climate change. Above: Jacundá National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho, August 25, 2019 (Photo: AP)

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Yes, “the house is on fire,” as climate activists declare. We are facing a crisis of unprecedented and existential dimensions—threatening the ecosystems of the planet and life itself. Yet three years on since the adoption of the Paris UN climate accords in 2016, not one major capitalist industrial power is on track to meeting its (obscenely inadequate) goals, and the U.S. has withdrawn. As the planet heats up!

The Destruction of the Planet by Capitalism-Imperialism,
by Bob Avakian, an excerpt

This system and those who rule over it are not capable of carrying out economic development to meet the needs of the people now, while balancing that with the needs of future generations and requirements of safeguarding the environment. They care nothing for the rich diversity of the earth and its species, for the treasures this contains, except when and where they can turn this into profit for themselves.... These people are not fit to be the caretakers of the earth.

Bob Avakian, BAsics 1:29

The question is... what underlies this crisis and what must be done? The stakes could not be higher. We invite you to dig into the materials on this page and to confront these questions:

  • Why does capitalism plunder the planet? And can this system of capitalism-imperialism, driven by the competitive pursuit of profit and more profit, and by the rivalry between great powers for global control and dominance—somehow act, or be pressured to act, to put the interests of humanity and the planet first? The resources on this page, including articles, major works, and videos from talks by Bob Avakian, demonstrate how that is impossible.
  • Can a “Green New Deal” that operates within the framework of this system, and that takes the U.S. standard of living and the U.S. empire and military as a given, provide a workable solution? The polemic against the Green New Deal shows that this is a toxic illusion.
  • And what about the fate of the great mass of humanity in the Third World who are suffering the greatest consequences, and will face even more horrific consequences, of global warming? Their lives and futures count for nothing in the calculus of the ruling classes of the rich capitalist countries.

There are in fact only two choices: Let the planet hurtle uncontrollably toward environmental disaster, and let other horrors continue and intensify—such as wars of aggression and the oppression of Black and Brown people, of women, and of immigrants—OR we make a revolution, an actual revolution to overthrow this system of capitalism-imperialism.

How would a revolutionary socialist society address the environmental emergency? To the many, many people who DO feel the depth and urgency of the situation, we invite and challenge you to grapple with the only framework through which humanity can forge a viable answer to this environmental emergency, and on a truly emancipatory basis. We need a whole other way... and there are a Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America authored by Bob Avakian and “Some Key Principles of Socialist Sustainable Development” that show the way.

Watch for continuing analysis, polemic, and late-breaking commentary.

Why does capitalism plunder the planet?

The Destruction of the Planet by Capitalism-Imperialism, by Bob Avakian, an excerpt

Bob Avakian, "Not fit caretakers of the earth"

How would a revolutionary socialist society address the environmental emergency?

How Would a Revolutionary Socialist Society Address the Environmental Emergency?

Excerpts from the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America

  • A. The Economy.
  • B. The Environment.
  • Article IV. The Economy and Economic Development in the New Socialist Republic in North America.
  • Section 5. The System of Public-State Ownership is the Foundation of the New Socialist Economy.

Dead-End Paths and Mental Shackles

Further Reading...

This resources page is in formation. Visit frequently for updates.

 

 

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1619-2019: Introducing A New Series:

The Oppression of Black People and the Revolutionary Struggle to Emancipate Humanity

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There is the potential for something of unprecedented beauty to arise out of unspeakable ugliness: Black people playing a crucial role in putting an end, at long last, to this system which has, for so long, not just exploited but dehumanized, terrorized and tormented them in a thousand ways—putting an end to this in the only way it can be done—by fighting to emancipate humanity, to put an end to the long night in which human society has been divided into masters and slaves, and the masses of humanity have been lashed, beaten, raped, slaughtered, shackled and shrouded in ignorance and misery.

—Bob Avakian

Four centuries ago, in August 1619, the first slaves in the colonies that became the United States were brought to Jamestown, Virginia. They were approximately 20 men and women kidnapped captives, most likely from the kingdom of Ndongo in modern-day Angola. Bought by the Jamestown settlers from English pirates who had seized them from a Portuguese slave ship, they were put to work on the tobacco fields of the South. They formed part of over 12.5 million kidnapped and enslaved captives from Africa shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in what is known as the Middle Passage, a voyage of misery and death in horrific conditions of brutal whippings, casual violence and the rape of women captives. Captives who were sick were thrown overboard, so often that sharks would follow the ships. Nearly two million did not survive this journey.

One of the cruelest instruments of commerce, the slave ship defined and shaped America, in conjunction with “the whipping machine,” critical to cotton production in the slave states of the South, and capitalist accumulation of wealth across the emergent United States.

Among some sections of liberal and progressive people, this anniversary is bringing forth a long-needed and welcome reckoning with the actual history of this country, not only the unspeakable horrors and brutality of slavery but how it defined, shaped and put its stamp on every facet of American society from its very origins and founding. It is calling forth beginning examination of and starting to touch on the continuing legacy of slavery in white supremacy and the oppression of Black people, and how it is originating in and still woven into the fabric of this system of capitalism and this society, foundational to the wealth and position of this country today. For example, this is manifest in the 1619 Project of the New York Times, among a range of works from other intellectuals and artists.

As a seminal anniversary and in the midst of this ferment, revcom.us and associated social media aim to play—through the fall and coming year—a vital and needed role in the questioning, discussion and debates, centered around the historic breakthroughs and extensive works of Bob Avakian (BA) on the actual character of the relationship between capitalism and white supremacy, and how the latter could actually—and only—be overcome through a revolution aimed at the emancipation of all humanity... a communist revolution.

To this end, we will have a series focused on the theme of The Oppression of Black People and the Revolutionary Struggle to Emancipate Humanity. It really does matter, from the perspective and goals of making revolution and emancipating humanity, that people follow through on this reckoning and confrontation, learning more about the history of this country and its founding and foundations. It matters, even more, that people follow through on their convictions and go beyond their comfort zone, to logical and scientific conclusions such as what BA says in the film Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution:

White supremacy and capitalism—they have been completely interwoven and tightly “stitched together” through the whole development of this country, down to today; to attempt to really put an end to white supremacy while maintaining the system of capitalism would tear the entire fabric of the country apart. White supremacy and capitalism—it is not possible to overcome and finally abolish the one without overthrowing and finally abolishing the other.

There are sharp choices and futures posed now.

First, there is the MAGA-style open re-assertion and imposition of white supremacy with potentially genocidal implications.

Second, there are efforts like that of the Times and many progressive public intellectuals to open up and make available the actual history of this country, in an effort to “save America” or, in the words of Nikole Hannah-Jones, the editor and driving force behind the Times’ project, to cast Black people as “the perfecters of this democracy” within the myth and comforting narrative of America as constantly striving for and gradually achieving “a more perfect union.”

Third, there is the real urgent necessity of getting organized now for an ACTUAL revolution to overthrow and defeat the system of American capitalism-imperialism, and the white supremacy woven into its fabric. As Bob Avakian has characterized:

There will never be a revolutionary movement in this country that doesn’t fully unleash and give expression to the sometimes openly expressed, sometimes expressed in partial ways, sometimes expressed in wrong ways, but deeply, deeply felt desire to be rid of these long centuries of oppression [of Black people]. There’s never gonna be a revolution in this country, and there never should be, that doesn’t make that one key foundation of what it’s all about.

BAsics 3:19

Follow revcom.us throughout the autumn, as we not only bring forward the seminal work of BA on this, but enter into and bring that work to bear on the crucial debate on the cause of the problem, and the actual solution.

September 9, 2019:

Q&A: What will it take for masses of white people to break from white supremacy?

September 2, 2019:

August 26, 2019:

The Oppression of Black People and Other People of Color, by Bob Avakian, an excerpt

August 19, 2019:

The following is an excerpt from Communism and Jeffersonian Democracy, a talk given by Bob Avakian in 2006 and published as a pamphlet in 2008.

Slavery, White Supremacy, and Democracy in America

Read excerpt here

Listen to speech: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Read entire speech

 

 

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Closing Remarks at the "Revolution School"

Learning and Applying the Method and Approach of Bob Avakian to Change a Changing World

Andy Zee, Sunday August 11, 2019

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Editor's note: During the first week of August, the National Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour hosted a "revolution school" (or "summer science camp" as some nicknamed it), attended by 15 or so revolutionaries from around the country as well as Chicago. At the end of the week, Andy Zee gave an informal talk to the participants at a going away celebration which we think readers who want to understand the process of this school and the Tour will find illuminating. Following is a lightly edited transcript.

First of all, everybody who came here for the school in the science of revolution and who worked with the National Tour—why don’t you stand up. [applause] And what about the people from the Revolution Club in Chicago standing up with them. [applause]

Look, we should applaud ourselves—but we should do so because we understand, and are coming to understand more deeply, what we’ve done in the last week. And for those who are here for the first time today, or who are veterans of three days in the movement, I’m talking to you too—to understand what it is you stepped into and what it is we’ve done over the last week. I want to say one thing about the times we are living in. This is perhaps one of the rare moments in history where the future of humanity is posed in a way that could either lead to incredible horrors—where the 65 million refugees fleeing climate change and wars of genocide, wars of conquest, wars between sections of the people fighting each other instead of fighting the system that creates these wars could make the 65 million refugees of 2015 look like just the first people coming in the door of a program. This could cascade to include a third of humanity when Bangladesh, the entire delta, goes under water because of what this system has done. This is a time when the most powerful imperialist country in the world has concentration camps at the border and children in cages. This is a serious time in the history of humanity.

So we have to look at what we’ve done. At another juncture in the history of humanity—at the dawn of imperialism and its first consolidation and the beginning of the contours of the conflicts between the imperialists that eventually led to the first World War, the great revolutionary leader Lenin, who led the first time the slaves rose up in a revolution to get rid of capitalism, said, paraphrasing: We need to understand the special features of our time and we must not imitate the activists (he actually used the word Marxists) of whom Karl Marx the founder of the science of revolution said: “I have sown dragon’s teeth and harvested fleas.”

For those of us who have been part of this movement for an actual revolution, we, over the last 15 years have been and are continuing to grapple with what has been brought forward by the person who is on my shirt—Bob Avakian, the leader of the revolution—who said to each of us and to all of us collectively: we need to go back to what we came here to do which is to overthrow this motherfucker! [applause] If we don’t lead people to make an actual revolution, then what happens? The world stays as it is. That’s on us and what you who were part of this school this week, what you who’ve been part of the National Tour, what you who are part of the Chicago Revolution Club, what those of you who have stepped into this for the first time and are beginning to learn about it, and what we have done in this last week is potentially to sow dragon’s teeth. But the question remains—what are we going to harvest? Are we going to continue on that path? Are we going to bring everything out that we can so that masses of people have a way out of the madness of this world and are able to make an actual revolution to bring into being a radically new society on the road to real emancipation? Are we going to bring them the science of revolution, which is what this school was about? Are we going to bring them the strategy to overthrow this system? Are we going to bring them why this system can’t be reformed in the 5 STOPS? And when some people say back to us, I don’t want to hear that, are we gonna say: Well, you’re in this society and you’re just saying you’re going to put your mouth in the trough and you’re going along with great crimes, do we then say I’m sorry for you but there’s people out here who do want to emancipate humanity and we’re going for those people now. So, do we say, as BA says: Stop opening your mouth and letting the system come out? Do we pose these 2 Choices and do we give them something to live and fight for in the 6 Points of Attention?

So I just want to say that what you’ve done, what we’ve done collectively, is a chance that comes rarely in history. We stand on the cusp of enabling humanity to take a giant step into the future and cast all these centuries of tradition’s chains, all these social relations of patriarchy, of the hatred of the “other,” of xenophobia, of white supremacy, of wars of conquest, of the despoliation and degradation of the environment—we have a chance to throw that off humanity, not by ourselves but by leading people in struggle. This is what we’re doing. This is what you began this week. You began to get into how that could be done and what’s been brought forth by Bob Avakian in the science of revolution and the strategy and the vision and the plan for a radically new society.

With that comes responsibility and I want to read one thing here from this book The New Communism, which is what Bob Avakian has developed. A number of years ago, I think probably many of you know, Freddie Gray, a young man from the hard streets of Baltimore, was tossed in the back of police van after being brutalized and sat on by the police and they took him for what they call in Baltimore a “rough ride.” By the time he got out of that van he was paralyzed, they dragged him out to the hospital, and he died. And after that the masses in Baltimore rose up for a night, for two nights, and Noche Diaz and a couple other people from this movement went down there to lead those people. And Bob Avakian introduces this book on the new communism with the following. He says:

And I was thinking about something even heavier when reading about the work being done in Baltimore: the comment of a woman, one of the basic masses in Baltimore, who said, “I am getting worried”—when people were bringing revolution to her—“I’m getting worried.” Now, you might say, why was she getting worried? She explained: “Because I am beginning to hope.” Now, think about what that means for the masses of people, that they are afraid to hope. Afraid to hope that maybe the world doesn’t have to be this way, that maybe there is a way out of this. Afraid to hope, because their hopes have been dashed so many times.... We have seen it already again in Baltimore, for example: Oh, all of a sudden there’s a crime wave, they say; and they insist that they have to come down even heavier with the police and that they need the federal authorities to come in and help out the police, because the masses are running wild, and the police can’t go out and kill them with impunity, right now.

So, all this is why people say, “I’m getting worried.” They are afraid to hope. And if we don’t intend to meet the responsibilities that we have, if we don’t intend to follow through when we go to people and say there is a way out of this, we should get up and leave right now. Because the masses of people do not need anyone else who comes along, fly-by-night, and leaves them to the miserable conditions they will be subjected to, and the even worse horrors of this system coming down on them. We have to mean it when we say we’re serious about revolution.

So, that’s the stakes of what we began this week—is how BA begins the work that is the scientific explanation of what this new communism is. This week we took the journey, we began a process. Some of you were on it before, but we began a process, we took a journey here. And the question is posed: Are you prepared to scale those heights? To continue on that road, to not get deterred by those who would lead you off it, who would say: “Don’t you have to think about yourself?” Maybe it’s your parents who are saying that: “Well, I agree with what you have to say but somebody else could do that, not you... Because after all, you’re my kid.” Or those who would lead us onto paths of painless progress—that is no progress at all but leaves us and humanity right where we are. Are we prepared to risk being unpopular and going against the tide of our friends, people at work, our families, and struggle for what we know to be scientifically true, which is to say, what’s actually true. We began, and everybody’s going to have to, if you will, and not to wax philosophical, search your soul about this. But when you’re doing that soul searching you need to be scientific and proceed from reality and that’s one of the most important things we learned this week.

So, let’s get into what we did. We got together a week ago—people were flying in last Sunday night. And on Monday we watched the film of the talk by BA, Why We Need  An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution—2½ hours—and we talked and we discussed and we struggled over it. And, we also watched the clip of a Q&A from Bob Avakian, where he discussed why we needed a Cultural Revolution in the Revolutionary Communist Party—which is still going on, in new forms—and why he did the speaking tour last summer, which in some ways gave birth to this Tour. It’s true, as one of you brought out, that in one of the original taglines promoting the film, that there’s never been a speech like this on this subject. There’s never been anyone who has made the case as scientifically, as truthfully as this, for why anything short of revolution will leave the world the way it is—and what the stakes of that are. And there has not been till this point a strategy that could actually win that revolution, which after all if you don’t win, then the world also stays as it is. Not that it would be wrong to try and maybe you don’t succeed, but you do have to try to win, and now there’s a strategy in the pamphlet HOW WE CAN WIN and gone into in this film as to how to do that.

And there’s a goal of this revolution, not just for ourselves, not just for our family, not just for our people, not just for our country—definitely not for that!—but for humanity. That’s why we’re doing this. And there’s a vision of how we could get to a world beyond all exploitation and oppression that is in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, and that in itself is the beginning of yet another new stage, a continuation of the road of human emancipation, another journey under new conditions that we would achieve by making a revolution.

So, we did this on Monday, we had this discussion. But if you remember, on Saturday one of these racist white supremacists traveled from Dallas and went down to El Paso, went into a Walmart to shoot Brown people, to shoot immigrants, people who are part of the “invading army” that Trump spoke of. And the same day, later that day, this misogynist, racist—I think that seems to be fairly accurate—in Dayton went into a nightclub and committed another mass murder. And all of this followed a mass murder in Gilroy, California at a garlic festival, also of people of color, aimed at Latino immigrants. At the same time, this followed Trump saying: “Go back” to where you belong, “go back to your countries,” your countries are “shitholes,” once again. And there was immediate horror and the beginning of a seething among people.

So on Tuesday morning we began what was going to be a brief discussion of BAsics 3:30, and then the statement that had been posted on Revcom about these killings. We recalled the point from the film the day before and the discussion that followed about how the struggle between the section of society fighting to implement fascism and those opposed, from various directions, is setting the overall terms in society, including it is the ground upon which we are fighting for an actual revolution.

We posed: What are we gonna do? We got our plans, we got a whole plan for a presence on Saturday at the Bud Billiken parade. We got classes laid out for the rest of the week. We’re gonna go to transit stops, we have our leaflet. But then there was reality that was sitting there. And we said we have to engage that.

For those of you who are in the school, those of you who have been in this movement for a while—what you did that day was being a team of scientists to figure out what do you do with the changed reality. We had to change our plans. We didn't change our plans to say never mind revolution; we changed our plans to say: how do we apply what we've learned that a revolution is necessary, and we got to work on how to bring and apply that understanding to the situation that's now developed in a different way then we anticipated. And we had to engage: Can we just go out there and talk about it? That’s good, we’ll go out and talk about it some more. We’ll fix up a few lines in the leaflet. Well, some questions were posed from those of us leading the meeting. But then one of you stood up and gave an impassioned speech: We have to act commensurate with the movement for revolution we’re calling for. And then it was on. And we had a struggle here that was an important struggle, which at one point got concentrated on: Should we take Lake Shore Drive? Should we go here? Should we go there? If we go to Lake Shore Drive, are the masses of people going to follow us there? That was a serious and important question to ask. It wasn’t a wrong question to ask—it wasn’t that “whoever said that, they’re not down.” No, it was an important question to ask. What happens if we take to the Drive and nobody follows us and we all get arrested? That’s also an important question—we have a lot to do. But we struggled this through. This is what I’m trying to bring to you in these remarks. We actually struggled this through to say: There’s a moment here where there could be really conspicuous change where people are ready to act in the way they haven’t been ready to act over the last few months that’s so frustrated so many of us. And if we got out there, not just saying: “What do you think we should do?—this is really bad what happened in El Paso”—but instead if we go out there and say, “Look, this white supremacy unleashed by this regime is a product of this system and we need to overthrow it, we need a revolution to get rid of this system, and part of doing that is we need to get everybody out in the streets, those who believe that change could happen within this system and those of us who understand that the system that has brought forward this Trump/Pence regime must be overthrown. What we’re doing out here today is part of organizing a movement for an actual revolution and you too need to be a part of it. There’s a leader, there’s a leadership, there’s a way out, and you need to get with it as we take to the streets together.”

And as it turned out, that was an accurate scientific summation of what was possible. Some people came, they heard about it in one form or another—I’m going to check this out and see what it is. And they listened carefully. I watched the people who were listening carefully: Is this for real? Do these people know what the hell they’re talking about? Is this serious? Are these the kind of people I want to be next to, I want to be with? And you saw young people, different nationalities, different gender affiliations, different ages—who took to the streets. Not in the thousands we need, maybe all told 70 or 80 people before we were done. But the crowds that gathered around... they didn’t say: Why you talking that shit? People were cheering, people were applauding. And those who weren’t were challenged. I’m not talking about the fools who just went walking by, but there was a lot of positive resonance to this message. And then there were those who saw that on TV, cuz it did break through the sound barrier and make the news.

So, what we did on that day represented not only a beginning of the kind of struggle that’s needed on a far greater scale, but it also represented the beginning of a forging of each of you, and all of you, and those who went to the school into a team of scientists that are able to analyze reality as it’s changing and help be part of a process with other people in the Revolution Clubs in whatever city you’re in or on the Tour in figuring out: How do we act on this stage and bring forward the masses of people for what is so needed.

I’m trying to walk this through because I want to be sure that we all understand what it is we did here and what we accomplished. I know we felt good. It felt very sweet here Thursday night, it really felt sweet. And of course somebody made us a wonderful dinner, which made it all the better. But that dinner wouldn’t have tasted as good had we not stood up in the way we did. And when you have a taste of what’s possible, what the masses of people can do, there is nothing sweeter than that. And it does offset all those days that you go out there and people walk on by. And of course, that, too, you should interrogate by applying science so that the next day that doesn’t happen again, that you actually reach more deeply into the masses’ hearts and their minds and into the reality to be able to motivate them and move them to where they need to go.

So, what we saw, what we accomplished, speaking of where we were at Thursday night, is one: when a team of scientists does engage the theory that’s been developed by an extraordinary leader, Bob Avakian, as to how we could actually go about making revolution, how we could awaken this mass of people in this country who think they’re relatively content but beneath the surface they’re not; how we could actually prepare today, prepare people’s minds, organize them, prepare the ground and prepare the people and prepare the vanguard for revolution, for the time when we could actually lead people to go all out and actually win—how we could do that. We engaged that theory, applied it to reality and developed a plan that was consistent with that and commensurate with that and went out and changed the world and we learned a lot about the conditions. I know I certainly learned a lot in terms of different kinds of people, how they responded—whether it was from these young high school students who I was so glad to see, as well as older people putting their fists up, and a family from Michigan leaving their car on Lake Shore Drive—they left their car and came and joined us. OK, it was one family, but I believe there’s thousands of families like that right now who could be involved in supporting the movement for revolution, and actually the people who feel that hunger for a big change, who are willing to take that risk, cross that line need to find out about this movement, support it, get into it—and they could become revolutionaries too. But for damn sure, they could get involved in Refuse Fascism and drive this regime out. We’re not indifferent to that.

So, point one: theory/practice/theory—that’s what you saw, what you, what we, did. And what I’m doing today is trying to sum up some of the basic theoretical lessons we learned. Because this is a school, a school of revolution which is not an academic, a scholastic exercise; it’s actually an exercise in how to and an actual part of radically changing the world.

And the other thing we learned is that when you accumulate some people—we had a few people. We took who we had accumulated and we went out and we went to the masses and we took a determined stand. We had a plan, we were going to march up to this Drive, and some other people apparently were going to take the road, and all of a sudden everybody’s fucking running, everybody’s running to the highway. [laughter] We’ll talk another time about following instructions... I don’t want to get into that today, but there is a point to doing so. You did create some necessity that we were able to fortunately deal with in a certain kind of way that wasn’t part of our original plan. I don’t want that to escape people’s attention here. The key point is that we touched a nerve and that nerve is a nerve that needs to be touched. It needs to be excited, then it needs to be built on.

Now it’s important here that we didn’t just say at any time, “Oh, we gotta do something about El Paso and then we gotta do this parade on Saturday, so later for all that study and discussion that we came here to do and had scheduled.” No. We actually got into a Q&A from BA’s speech on fascism and civil war and the Democrats on Wednesday to give some further grounding for what we were about to do. And then on Friday, we all took the time to reread “The Crucial Importance of the New Communism and BA’s Leadership” in a discussion that both focused on what was in the actual article itself and through that got very honest and very deep, right down to where people really “live.”

And it wasn’t like we just patted ourselves on the back for Lake Shore Drive and said, “Oh wow, that was perfect, couldn’t have been better.” Actually, we said, “You know what—our agitation wasn’t enough bringing out our solution, and it wasn’t enough bringing out BA.” We wrangled with that directly but also indirectly through that study session on “Crucial Importance,” and the next day at Billiken the agitation being led from the truck—even the chants—were on a whole different level in that regard.

So, we accumulated a few people, we impacted society. And off of that we accumulated more people. Now, it’s still embryonic. What does that mean? It’s just at the beginning. We’re talking about... I guess a dozen, or 15 people, joined us at the parade, the Bud Billiken parade yesterday. This needs to be amplified 2, 3, 4 times that over the next months. We have to take this lesson that we learned this week and really go some place with it. It’s right to celebrate our small victories and we have to understand—more important than celebrating, or just as important, is to then understand what we actually did.

See this is important. What we actually did is we acted on a changed objective situation, we identified it, we applied science to it, we developed a tactical plan that was a concentration of our strategy for revolution, we went out and we acted with determination, defiance, and a plan and brought forward more people. And we changed the situation. We put before the city of Chicago that we’re not going to tolerate this and neither should you. And that matters.

But it will come to nothing, it will not mean much, if we don’t continue with the objective of this Tour, of this Revolution Club, of the organization that Bob Avakian is endeavoring to build, a party that’s an actual vanguard that’s preparing to lead an actual revolution and not some little talk-shop off to the side of the day to day struggles. Rather, forging a people who are serious about leading the masses of people to overthrow this system and build a society worth building, people who are not filled with revenge and personal glory but are filled with a burning desire to see the yoke of tradition and all forms of oppression thrown off.

So, that’s our objective. Our objective is: now, over the next year, to bring forward thousands of people into organized relationship to this revolution. And each of you who are part of this school, each of you who have been part of the Tour, need to think deeply tonight, need to do some reading, and if you’re taking a plane out of here, think on the plane. What is my life going to be for? Or at least, what am I going to do for the next three months or a year? And that will help you settle the question of the rest of your life. I’m actually serious about this, that the immediate question is: Am I going to continue this and work with the Revolution Club in the city I’m from, am I going to really try to not just be an activist, but actually be a revolutionary scientist and study some theory and try to apply it? Not just go back to what was before—because that going back is not just about you, that’s about the whole movement for revolution, about humanity, that’s what’s in the balance right now. Are we going to go from a couple dozen people to many dozens of people, and then the thousands? Or is it always going to be a rotating cast of characters? OK? I know, some of us are characters! And, we need more characters, OK? And there’s nothing wrong with being a character, but you need to get more people into that process.

And that starts with each of you—and I’m sure there’s things that you’re going through right now about: wow, this is heavy. But the way to deal with that is not... alright, there’ll be a sleepless night but not just inside your own head. Go talk to people who are part of this in the Revolution Club. Go talk to people who are part of the revolution. Put out what you’re thinking, struggle over it, and then decide what it is you’re gonna do. And there’s a place for everyone here in this movement. We really need people to become conscious revolutionaries, conscious in the sense that they become advocates for, and people who are willing to apply the new communism developed by Bob Avakian, who want to get out there in the world and say: There’s a way out, there’s a leader, there’s a way out—we can do this. It’s a rare thing to have somebody like Bob Avakian alive at a time like this who can actually chart this course. There’s a few of us, trying to apply this. But, believe me... I don’t want you to just take this on faith... but scientifically... I can make the case that it makes a big difference for those of us who want to shoulder this responsibility to have a leader like this today. He’s involved in everything we’re doing. [applause] People say: “Where’s Bob Avakian—he wasn’t out here.” But in a real way, he was out here. He’s leading each of us who’ve taken this upon themselves and changed their lives. He’s in all of us collectively, he’s there. He’s presente because he’s developed the framework in which we’re going at making revolution. That matters a lot, but it’s not just the framework that we have now, but we have the ongoing leadership in BA. This is what we need, and we have it. Let’s not squander it at a moment like this in history.

So, this is what you need to consider, and we’ll help you do that. We’ll help you. I understand people need help with different problems, they’ve got families, they’ve got illnesses in their families, people count on them for support, people have student loans to pay off, people are carrying the expectations of generations that have toiled in fields and crossed borders to come here to send you to school and now you’re going to go... do what? Are you going to throw it all away you may be told... or, is your answer going to be that you’re going to apply it to actually make a difference in the world, to free humanity? And you have to struggle with the people who want to pull you back and say don’t go too far, don’t go there. And say no, this is necessary, it’s possible and it’s definitely desirable—and you should get into it too, mom, dad, brother, sister, neighbor, friend, or whoever.

So, that’s upon us right now and we have to make good on it. But if it turns out that you’re not able to at the current time make the full commitment, that doesn’t mean you need to disappear. If there’s things you don’t agree with, we have to find the ways that you can make this movement possible, what you’re going to do with it and we have to continue to struggle. But that’s not where I want to actually be today. Because speaking for myself and I think for others who are leading this movement, both those who have been more on the ground every day, as well as the others of us—I’ve seen the change in so many of you. I’ve seen the potential. We’ve collectively recognized how people have matured over a period of just four months which is... on the one hand if you’re young, it’s a lifetime, but it’s just the blink of an eye. And you should really appreciate—appreciate, not just in the sense of satisfaction, which is part of it—but appreciate in the sense of understand what it is you’ve been led through and what it is you’ve done and learned and where you could go and what that would mean for the future of humanity.

So it comes back to the question of the woman in Baltimore when she says to us: Will you be there? She’s saying it to each and every one of you and she’s saying it to all of us collectively. We went out and we represented. We put on the shirts. If you put on the BA Speaks: REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS! shirt you have to mean that. You can’t betray that. You have to struggle for other people who put it on to mean it too. If you put on the shirt of BA, you have to do justice to it, recognizing what it means to have this leader and this leadership. So the question is: Will you be there? And the answer is: We can do no less.

And I just want to say to everybody who’s been part of the school, to those who’ve come for the first time, those who are not here tonight whose face is turned towards us and who we have to get back with right away, I really appreciate and we appreciate what you’ve done—not for itself but for what it could actually mean for the future of humanity at this moment when the two futures hang so sharply in the balance. So that’s what I have to say. Thank you very much.

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A Latina Realtor, Black House Buyers, and a MAGA Flag‑Waver

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From a member of the National Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour

I want to share something briefly that I was reminded of after reading Andy Zee’s piece, “The Struggle for Historical Truth.... And the Fight for the Future.” And wanted to put it in that context.

I was talking to my mom on the phone the other day and she was asking me how Chicago was and what’s been going on with the Tour. I was telling her about what we did on Lake Shore Drive in the wake of the El Paso shooting and the apartheid conditions in this city. She was reflecting herself on this, on what it was like growing up in South Central in the ’80s and how there would be shootings at her high school and how that was a normal thing for her and her Black and Latino schoolmates and peers.

Mind you, my mom now is pretty liberal and loves people like Michelle Obama, although she hates Trump and what he’s doing and she knows the history of this country and the fact that it was founded in slavery and genocide. She is also an immigrant from Central America (but is now a citizen) and came here before the most violent period there, which informs a lot of her “GTF”1 in how she justifies her love for America’s “greatness” because she was able to escape the conditions of poverty and misery in her country (which the U.S. had a role in) and was able to come here and have a better life. In other words, she is one of the few who was able “make it” out of the meat grinder in one piece to that “American Dream” of becoming middle class but on the terms of this system, while millions just like her who came from the kind of conditions in which she has continue to get grounded up.

That being said, she began to tell me a story of a house she’s selling to a Black couple in a predominantly white neighborhood in the suburbs. She had seen a few times a big truck driving around that neighborhood with two big American flags waving from the bed of it. Though she hasn’t had qualms with the flag because of what I described above, she said now when she sees that flag and people openly waving it around like that in light of what Trump has been doing to immigrants, Black people, etc. and all of the white supremacy he’s unleashing and fanning the flames of, she now becomes unsettled and frightened. She was also saying how the Black couple was also becoming very uncomfortable with seeing the truck riding around the neighborhood. In the same breath she also told me that they are both correctional officers. She saw that the car was parked next door and, to no surprise of her own, saw stickers that read, “Build the Wall” and “Trump 2020.” A few days later, while my mom and the couple were outside the house just talking, they noticed the owner of the truck had come outside of his house next door and was in his driveway wearing a “MAGA” hat and standing in what my mom calls a “superman” pose with his legs shoulder width apart and his fists on his hips. They looked at him and awkwardly said hello in which he nodded and said hello back. My mom then whispered to the couple, “I want you to say as loud as you can so that he can hear, ‘Oh my gosh I love this house! This one is it! We just HAVE to buy it!!’” Which they did.

She finished up her story in a laughter, but it’s a story that for some reason hasn’t left me and provoked me to put it in writing.

I told her how we have been taking out the provocation, “With a white supremacist in the White House fomenting a new civil war, why aren’t people in the streets? And what do we need to do to radically change all of this?” and explained to her how the majority of people responded with “fear” or the fact that the most oppressed and people who are at the boot of this system in this country are afraid to even go outside, or just in general people are afraid to step out in that way. I told her how this is a problem and an obstacle for the revolution that we need to solve and are trying to go to work on. She had an interesting response though, “You wanna know why people aren’t in the streets? It’s the fear, but it’s also the fact that people are so used to this white supremacy. It’s been in our culture for four hundred years, the racism has always been there and has been a fact of life for so many people that they just don’t know what to do about it.”

This also struck me profoundly and I have been thinking about it ever since and have been questioning is this the mood overall in society? What does this reflect in terms of the thinking of blocs of people who are affected by the Trump/Pence regime, but are also liberal? What does this reflect on how people are even viewing the flag and America and its role in the world and the role it’s playing today with a fascist regime in power? What openings does this provide for the struggle from below and the repolarization for revolution and putting this third (as yet) “unseeable” future of emancipating humanity on the map?

I also thought it needed to be shared because of how interesting this story is and does reflect the real divisions in society right now.

 

1. GTF stands for “Great Tautological Fallacy,” a term coined by the revolutionary leader Bob Avakian. The GTF is that “the U.S. is a force for good in the world so whatever it does is good.” This is a lie used to justify American crimes around the world. Watch Bob Avakian speak on this in this clip, taken from the longer speech, The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America – A Better World IS Possible. [back]

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Gut Punches: The Need for Further Ruptures and Leaps

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from a member of the Revolution Club

On the morning of the Lake Shore Drive Shut Down, I got a letter from a family member. Despite the gut punch as I read it, I laughed because of the irony of getting it the day of which my comrades and I were going to put ourselves on the line to bring forward an alternative to the horrors of this system and lead others to do that. The letter mentioned concern over a statement I made that eventually I could leave my job and be working collectively with others in this movement full time. She wrote about her concern over the loss of my autonomy, how would I get paid, would I be couch surfing? Wouldn’t that be hard on me? She brought up how the work I was doing at my job was valuable to the adults and children I work with. She even wondered if there was something missing in my life.

There are two things that I want to go at here.

First, what was glaring to me was that I had not in our conversations made clear what this movement for Revolution is about and why it is objectively true, that there is a basis and necessity for overthrowing this system through revolution, which BA lays out at in the film Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution. Nor have I brought alive what his leadership means for the masses of people who suffer the most from the 5 Stops that were created by this system of capitalism imperialism and how the scientific method and approach that he has developed can get humanity free of this mess if thousands during this period began taking up this method and approach to making Revolution. I haven’t brought to life the way that BA does a whole other way the world could be which is outlined in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America. Ok, so that’s gotta change. And I did call this family member and I called myself out on this and I apologized. But I put before her why she needs to go to revcom.us and watch the film Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution and meet this leader, BA. I told her to follow what the tour is doing, what members of the tour and the clubs are learning and the impact this is having on people. But I’m not leaving it to this one conversation because it isn’t over by a long shot. A struggle needs to be waged here.

The other thing that I want to go at here is that I don’t think the letter I got from this family member can be reduced to just concerns she has for me. No. My involvement with the Revolution and a willingness to go further in this process and put something on the line is bumping up against this family member’s comfort zone. And this will get brought up in this continuing conversation. For starters it isn’t about what’s missing in my life it’s about what’s missing in the world...

what’s missing from humanity which is an alternative contending force to lead the masses of people to make Revolution when a revolutionary situation arises. As for autonomy, well I can’t think of anything more freeing than dedicating one’s self to the collectivity that’s really wrangling with how to make a revolution that actually gets humanity free. I also know that she appreciates people who are standing up and putting something on the line to try to stop this madness of this Trump/Pence regime. But I think because of her concerns for me, which I know are genuine, that she doesn’t want me to be one of those people. Well, why not me be one of those people who steps up, why not her? I think part of the continuing conversation I have with her is that what I fear most, and which a whole lot more people should fear most than losing a job, a home, even one’s own freedom due to imprisonment or own life, is what happens if people do nothing. And because I have some understanding, thanks to the work of BA, and I have come to see the necessity for Revolution and the possibility of a society and world without oppression and exploitation, I have responsibility to go further... make further ruptures and leaps. BA talks about so eloquently in his memoir that when he went to work synthesizing the communist experiences of Russia and China, studying the shortcomings and sometimes grave errors as well as the achievements of those experiences, and began building a framework of the New Communism, that it isn’t a question of who was he to be doing this work, or putting himself out there, and that what it comes down to is that he was filling a need. He saw the necessity for the work he dedicated himself to in the interest of getting humanity free. And I think, myself, my comrades on the Tour and in the Revolution Clubs, whether we’re always conscious of it or not, we’re following his lead on that... we’re filling a need and we see the necessity for this movement to grow into the thousands to influence millions to turn their heads toward revolution that will make bringing into a being a far better world possible. If you’re new to this movement and you’re just getting to know BA, just remember none of us was born a revolutionary, none of us was born extraordinary. We’re ordinary people going on an extraordinary journey in transforming the world in the interests of all humanity.

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I came upon this video posted by the LA Revolution Club on Instagram. Moved in profound ways, I wrote: If you have a heart for humanity... if you feel that the people of the world could be and do so much better than all that is today... here’s a beautiful invitation. I then showed the video to two friends, each teared up. There is more that I could say about the video, about the words spoken and by whom, but instead, watch it, reflect on it, circulate it, and take it to heart and then decide what you are going to strive for and do....

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Turning Minds Toward Revolution
Raising Funds for the Revolution Tour

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Fundraising for the National Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour is at a critical juncture. Significant amounts of money are needed—at least $50,000 by the end of August, and much more past that—for this Tour to continue its work through the end of the year and beyond, and to spread the seeds of actual, overthrow-the-system revolution nationwide. The August 25 Facebook Live was an important focal point—a major leap was made toward that $50,000 goal.  (See video at right.)

The stakes are enormous, the time is short. The political landscape sharpens and grows more dangerous daily. This Tour brings people what they need, not the Bourgeois Electoral Bullshit droning constantly in the media, or the narrow identity politics that is, at bottom, just another form of “me first.” It brings them a movement for actual revolution. It introduces them to a leader, Bob Avakian, who has broken open a path for revolution that can lead to the emancipation of humanity, and can have a real chance at winning.

People on the Tour have committed themselves to making it succeed. They have left jobs, schools, homes, families and friends to get on this Tour. Huge funds are needed for housing, for transportation, for food, for material and equipment required to spread the word as widely as possible, and build up the beginnings of revolutionary organization across the country. Meeting and exceeding the fundraising goals is necessary to enable the Tour to expand its reach, to be able, for instance, to travel to “hot spots” where the crimes of the system are brought into sharp relief, like El Paso in the wake of the murders there; and to get Bob Avakian’s films shown to students and made a point of contention and inspiration in society broadly. The Tour urgently needs funding that goes to a whole other level so it can accomplish all this and more in the months ahead.

Some points of orientation for taking out and advancing the fund drive for the Tour:

  1. Fundraising for the Tour has to get well beyond those closest to the Revolution Clubs and most familiar with the work of Bob Avakian and the Revolutionary Communist Party he leads. There is a need, and a basis, for many, many more people to contribute significantly and meaningfully to this Tour, now—if we approach them in the spirit of “putting the revolution before people straight up, then letting them find their own level of commitment.” Building this movement is a process of unity as well as struggle.
  2. Put the need for funds—big funds—front and central. Fundraising is an important avenue through which the Tour can reach many new people—and bring forward much-needed support and new followers. Contributing money to the Tour is a form of beginning participation in the movement for revolution. 
  3. Raising money for the Tour is one of the “problems of the revolution that needs to be put before the masses.” Let donors know the financial goals we need to achieve and why it matters, and talk to them about how they can be part of this great project to spread revolution across the country. For instance, ask people to make a matching challenge to their friends and family. One way to get momentum going is to set some immediate goals of, say, 20 people donating $100 apiece or 100 people donating $20 apiece. Ask those you’re reaching out to to be one of those people. 
  4. Be daring, be creative, aim high. Artists can donate works for auction. Musicians can donate part or all of their proceeds on specific dates. Coworkers can be challenged to give a day’s pay. Many other forms can be developed—everything from yard sales to fundraising parties to bake sales, tamale sales and more can open up ways for many more people to be part of contributing funds and energy to the Tour.

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From new donors to the Tour:

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Statement from Carol Downer:
Why I support the Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour

I support the Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour because it is important that consciousness spreads. The Tour is laying the groundwork for people to change by laying out the politics. People are not ready for revolutionary change, but how do we get them to be ready? At this stage, it’s not a numbers game. Whatever our numbers, our work is important. Especially in this time where individualism is the norm, the Tour is working together and collectivity works!

When the Tour hands out leaflets, perhaps only a few people will be impacted immediately, but the message has been put out there and who knows how many will ultimately respond to it? I remember how, in the 1960s, I encountered a Black power group who was handing out leaflets which said that white people were “the white devil.” I got into a brief argument with one of them, asking him why he was even talking to me, his “enemy.” Then when the Watts Rebellion came, I remembered this discussion, and I saw where that anger was coming from. I got it that my just being “sympathetic” to Black people’s problems was part of the problem. I did not change overnight, but that leaflet started the process.

Each Tour member is part of a revolutionary force; speaking out and distributing literature is part of the process of changing conditions so that when events, such as the Watts Rebellion happen, those seeds of consciousness have been planted. The Tour spreads the message, “We have a plan,” and they spread it enthusiastically. That enthusiasm is contagious (just as how the discouraging message of the ruling class is contagious).

It is important that consciousness spreads and more people change. The groundwork is being laid by the Tour for the politics to be laid out. I’m not for the vanguard party idea, but I do agree that it’s important for people, whatever their numbers, to do this work. The process of recruiting people is extremely important, and the Tour is out there doing that, distributing literature to prepare people for when the conditions for revolution happen.

I feel very lucky to be part of this valuable effort. I find a sense of a real revolution at the Club Center in LA, and it is very meaningful to me that a revolutionary force is alive. It might not be flourishing in a widespread way yet, but it is valuable what the Club is doing. Right now, very few people are opposing the ruling class, but in my opinion, the elaborate superstructure that it has created to maintain its power is collapsing of its own weight, because it depends on the destruction of our planet. So, I think the Chicago Revolution Club’s invitation to involve the people to solve the problem of the youth killing each other is a very good process; it provides an answer and an alternative process.

BAsics 3:2 points out the impossibility of achieving a just society by working for reform within the current system. I agree with Bob Avakian on this. We have to work very hard to get even small reforms, and we often compromise our principles and accept certain conditions that undermine whatever reforms we manage to get. Reforms are often self-defeating. We end up in worse shape than before we started. That said, we can’t throw out reforms entirely, but we shouldn’t put our main energy into them. We need to be part of the community effort to show people a better way. For example, the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion in 1973 did not change things fundamentally; women still had to seek medical approval. Women thought that their gain was permanent. They no longer demanded repeal of all abortion laws, and they stopped learning how to get knowledge of natural methods of birth control and abortion so that they didn’t need to ask permission of anyone. Women let down their guard. Now, access to safe abortion may be sharply reversed, and we are totally dependent.

These are scary times, but also, we may be on the verge of a breakthrough. That’s why it’s important that the Revolution Club and the Tour have the money to succeed, so that we can fight against further attacks from reactionary forces, and be prepared to be an important part of the revolutionary process, if and when breaks in the oppressive power structure present themselves.

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"Time to Put My Heart into the Revolution"

I’m writing to share my appreciation of the August 25th Facebook live video from the Revolution Tour in Chicago and share some of my reflections.

I’ve been mainly following the tour and watching the videos privately, but this time I got to drive a few hours to Houston to watch this live stream with others, a mix of people who were longtime veterans of the revolution, people like myself who’d been on the sidelines for a while, or very new and just finding out what it’s about. This internationalist dinner to raise funds for the tour was already scheduled before the livestream was announced, but it was great that the dinner turned into a viewing party. I felt proud that someone from Houston had offered up the first matching challenge and got a shout-out from Andy. Besides that, there was a lot of excellent food, donated by various people, and wonderful conversation about a range of topics. Walking into this room and seeing all of these friendly faces turned toward the revolution felt truly remarkable and special.

As we watched the livestream, it was exciting to hear Andy, Luann, Kiki, and Tala talk about all the wrangling that was going on behind the scenes—on how to be a truly revolutionary force, to act in a way that was commensurate with what had happened in El Paso and Dayton, to apply principle when it is difficult, and really apply the science of new communism that BA has developed. I kept thinking how lucky we are that we have a leader like Bob Avakian and we have a party that is taking responsibility to turn millions into emancipators of humanity and put an end to these horrors... that we have the beginnings of what a real revolution should look like.

I have had my eyes on the revolution for a long time, but on Sunday I came to realize that it was time for me to put my heart into it. When Tala posed the idea of imagining now what could be possible if we got rid of this system and brought a whole new world into being—imagining what architecture would look like, for example—I felt a burning desire for this system and all its ugliness and cruelty to be gone today. I just can’t stand it anymore, not only the reality of what’s happening to the planet and humanity but all of the ways that people have been conditioned to accept that reality and give up on changing it. All of the fatalism, the narcissism—all of these ways that people’s sights are pulled down, the ways that even good people are stopping themselves and others from dreaming of and imagining a whole new world, let alone digging into the science that could actually bring something much better into being.

We had to start cleaning up before the end of the livestream, but as we were putting away food and stacking chairs, I said to someone, “It’s up to all of us in this room to spread this throughout Texas.” I started with Texas because of how much of the white supremacy and Christian fascism is concentrated here, but of course I meant as far and wide as we can. This was a beginning grouping of people who could make a big impact, especially if we learn from the “Revolution School” that the tour is bringing to us.

Finally, I want to give my own special shout-out to the Houston crew who put together the international dinner. When I first encountered them two and a half years ago at the Women’s March in Austin, I didn't know how much they would change my life. I’ve learned so much from the examples they have set for me with their courage, persistence, consistency and love of humanity. It was an honor to be a part of this gathering. I am looking forward to the future we create together.

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“This Is as Good as It Gets”

I just contributed $400 to the National Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour.

I was reminded of the movie “As Good as It Gets” that starred Jack Nicholson when a friend and I were watching the video of the fund raiser for the Chicago tour. Luan was talking about how humanity in the world suffers because of U.S. imperialism and then about how that affects us here in the USA.

This is as good as our world is going to get for us without a revolution. Literally billions around the world are at the edge of starvation. Life is not going to get better for them, because to a Capital-Imperialist society, those lives are worthless. They live so close to the edge of survival that there is nothing to exploit from them. Life for them is “as good as it can get” if they can just stay alive.

Those that live an edge above them, have worth in that they can be exploited. But as has been shown in the sewing factory collapse in Bangladesh, they are an easily expendable and replaceable commodity. Our news is filled daily with these tragedies. Their worth is only how much they can be exploited by keeping them on the edge of living. Under this system, they will never get above that struggle. Life for them is “as good as it will get.”

I have been to several so-called second world countries. I have seen their lives up close and personal. Many are well educated with college degrees, and still they struggle to find worthwhile employment to use their education and skills. Yet because of the exploitation, the corruption and collaboration of their governments, they struggle, survive, but cannot get ahead. Neither, intelligence, education, nor hard work will get them to their dream. Life in general is “as good as it will get.”

Here I am, in the USA, the capital of world imperialism. I have attained an upper middle-class status after more than 50 years of hard labor. If I retire, I will quickly lose that upper status. I look around at those who were my friends and colleagues and have watched them slip down the slope from middle class. It is a shrinking and largely disappearing “class.” I see millennials, working part time jobs to make their ends meet. That wonderful “voodoo” economy of trickle-down economy, is indeed trickle down. The rich exploiters are getting richer, and the trickle down has become dribble-down. As fascism doubles down on us, this is “as good as it will get.”

I went through the struggles of the ’60s and against the war in Vietnam. I was surrounded by revolutionaries. I became one myself. But we did not have a party and we did not have leadership. Within 10 years most of those revolutionaries became what Bob Avakian calls BEB, Bourgeois Electoral Bullshit.

This sounds pessimistic, but I am not pessimistic. I watched what was happening in Los Angeles and was encouraged. I watched those young people starting in Chicago who have a clear grasp, not just of the problem, but, importantly, they have the grasp of the solution.

There is a better life possible, the future does not have to be bleak. But it will take a revolution to do it.

Thank you Luan for what you said. It made it clear. This is as good as it gets without a revolution. I am giving what I can. This is the payment on my insurance policy for my children and for all of humanity. As Woody Guthrie sang, “There’s a better world a comin’.” Keep doing what you are doing and Woody’s dream can become a reality.

I gave what I could at that time, $400. I want to ask others to do what they can. We are at the top of the food chain in this country. We all have something to give that will not cause our children to starve. By giving something now, we can see beyond “as good as it gets.”

—An Engineer in Texas

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Statement from Carol Downer

Why I Support the Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour

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I support the Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour because it is important that consciousness spreads. The Tour is laying the groundwork for people to change by laying out the politics. People are not ready for revolutionary change, but how do we get them to be ready? At this stage, it’s not a numbers game. Whatever our numbers, our work is important. Especially in this time where individualism is the norm, the Tour is working together and collectivity works!

When the Tour hands out leaflets, perhaps only a few people will be impacted immediately, but the message has been put out there and who knows how many will ultimately respond to it? I remember how, in the 1960s, I encountered a Black power group who was handing out leaflets which said that white people were “the white devil.” I got into a brief argument with one of them, asking him why he was even talking to me, his “enemy.” Then when the Watts Rebellion came, I remembered this discussion, and I saw where that anger was coming from. I got it that my just being “sympathetic” to Black people’s problems was part of the problem. I did not change overnight, but that leaflet started the process.

Each Tour member is part of a revolutionary force; speaking out and distributing literature is part of the process of changing conditions so that when events, such as the Watts Rebellion happen, those seeds of consciousness have been planted. The Tour spreads the message, “We have a plan,” and they spread it enthusiastically. That enthusiasm is contagious (just as how the discouraging message of the ruling class is contagious).

It is important that consciousness spreads and more people change. The groundwork is being laid by the Tour for the politics to be laid out. I’m not for the vanguard party idea, but I do agree that it’s important for people, whatever their numbers, to do this work. The process of recruiting people is extremely important, and the Tour is out there doing that, distributing literature to prepare people for when the conditions for revolution happen.

I feel very lucky to be part of this valuable effort. I find a sense of a real revolution at the Club Center in LA, and it is very meaningful to me that a revolutionary force is alive. It might not be flourishing in a widespread way yet, but it is valuable what the Club is doing. Right now, very few people are opposing the ruling class, but in my opinion, the elaborate superstructure that it has created to maintain its power is collapsing of its own weight, because it depends on the destruction of our planet. So, I think the Chicago Revolution Club’s invitation to involve the people to solve the problem of the youth killing each other is a very good process; it provides an answer and an alternative process.

BAsics 3:2 points out the impossibility of achieving a just society by working for reform within the current system. I agree with Bob Avakian on this. We have to work very hard to get even small reforms, and we often compromise our principles and accept certain conditions that undermine whatever reforms we manage to get. Reforms are often self-defeating. We end up in worse shape than before we started. That said, we can’t throw out reforms entirely, but we shouldn’t put our main energy into them. We need to be part of the community effort to show people a better way. For example, the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion in 1973 did not change things fundamentally; women still had to seek medical approval. Women thought that their gain was permanent. They no longer demanded repeal of all abortion laws, and they stopped learning how to get knowledge of natural methods of birth control and abortion so that they didn’t need to ask permission of anyone. Women let down their guard. Now, access to safe abortion may be sharply reversed, and we are totally dependent.

These are scary times, but also, we may be on the verge of a breakthrough. That’s why it’s important that the Revolution Club and the Tour have the money to succeed, so that we can fight against further attacks from reactionary forces, and be prepared to be an important part of the revolutionary process, if and when breaks in the oppressive power structure present themselves.


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From an office worker who donated $60 to the National Revolution Tour:

“I gave because I must”

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"I gave because I must. I felt compelled. There is nothing else I can do right now. There is still a chance to change things. There is still oxygen in our lungs. We can still struggle. We have to fight this fascism. The young people's words and deeds brought back to me that moment of discovery, that we can change things. Change is possible."

 

 

 

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Learning from the National Revolution Tour:

“Time to Put My Heart into the Revolution"

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I’m writing to share my appreciation of the August 25th Facebook live video from the Revolution Tour in Chicago and share some of my reflections.

I’ve been mainly following the tour and watching the videos privately, but this time I got to drive a few hours to Houston to watch this live stream with others, a mix of people who were longtime veterans of the revolution, people like myself who’d been on the sidelines for a while, or very new and just finding out what it’s about. This internationalist dinner to raise funds for the tour was already scheduled before the livestream was announced, but it was great that the dinner turned into a viewing party. I felt proud that someone from Houston had offered up the first matching challenge and got a shout-out from Andy. Besides that, there was a lot of excellent food, donated by various people, and wonderful conversation about a range of topics. Walking into this room and seeing all of these friendly faces turned toward the revolution felt truly remarkable and special.

As we watched the livestream, it was exciting to hear Andy, Luann, Kiki, and Tala talk about all the wrangling that was going on behind the scenes—on how to be a truly revolutionary force, to act in a way that was commensurate with what had happened in El Paso and Dayton, to apply principle when it is difficult, and really apply the science of new communism that BA has developed. I kept thinking how lucky we are that we have a leader like Bob Avakian and we have a party that is taking responsibility to turn millions into emancipators of humanity and put an end to these horrors... that we have the beginnings of what a real revolution should look like.

I have had my eyes on the revolution for a long time, but on Sunday I came to realize that it was time for me to put my heart into it. When Tala posed the idea of imagining now what could be possible if we got rid of this system and brought a whole new world into being—imagining what architecture would look like, for example—I felt a burning desire for this system and all its ugliness and cruelty to be gone today. I just can’t stand it anymore, not only the reality of what’s happening to the planet and humanity but all of the ways that people have been conditioned to accept that reality and give up on changing it. All of the fatalism, the narcissism—all of these ways that people’s sights are pulled down, the ways that even good people are stopping themselves and others from dreaming of and imagining a whole new world, let alone digging into the science that could actually bring something much better into being.

We had to start cleaning up before the end of the livestream, but as we were putting away food and stacking chairs, I said to someone, “It’s up to all of us in this room to spread this throughout Texas.” I started with Texas because of how much of the white supremacy and Christian fascism is concentrated here, but of course I meant as far and wide as we can. This was a beginning grouping of people who could make a big impact, especially if we learn from the “Revolution School” that the tour is bringing to us.

Finally, I want to give my own special shout-out to the Houston crew who put together the international dinner. When I first encountered them two and a half years ago at the Women’s March in Austin, I didn't know how much they would change my life. I’ve learned so much from the examples they have set for me with their courage, persistence, consistency and love of humanity. It was an honor to be a part of this gathering. I am looking forward to the future we create together.

 

 

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"This Is as Good as It Gets"

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From a supporter of the Tour:

I just contributed $400 to the National Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour.

I was reminded of the movie “As Good as It Gets” that starred Jack Nicholson when a friend and I were watching the video of the fund raiser for the Chicago tour. Luan was talking about how humanity in the world suffers because of U.S. imperialism and then about how that affects us here in the USA.

This is as good as our world is going to get for us without a revolution. Literally billions around the world are at the edge of starvation. Life is not going to get better for them, because to a Capital-Imperialist society, those lives are worthless. They live so close to the edge of survival that there is nothing to exploit from them. Life for them is “as good as it can get” if they can just stay alive.

Those that live an edge above them, have worth in that they can be exploited. But as has been shown in the sewing factory collapse in Bangladesh, they are an easily expendable and replaceable commodity. Our news is filled daily with these tragedies. Their worth is only how much they can be exploited by keeping them on the edge of living. Under this system, they will never get above that struggle. Life for them is “as good as it will get.”

I have been to several so-called second world countries. I have seen their lives up close and personal. Many are well educated with college degrees, and still they struggle to find worthwhile employment to use their education and skills. Yet because of the exploitation, the corruption and collaboration of their governments, they struggle, survive, but cannot get ahead. Neither, intelligence, education, nor hard work will get them to their dream. Life in general is “as good as it will get.”

Here I am, in the USA, the capital of world imperialism. I have attained an upper middle-class status after more than 50 years of hard labor. If I retire, I will quickly lose that upper status. I look around at those who were my friends and colleagues and have watched them slip down the slope from middle class. It is a shrinking and largely disappearing “class.” I see millennials, working part time jobs to make their ends meet. That wonderful “voodoo” economy of trickle-down economy, is indeed trickle down. The rich exploiters are getting richer, and the trickle down has become dribble-down. As fascism doubles down on us, this is “as good as it will get.”

I went through the struggles of the ’60s and against the war in Vietnam. I was surrounded by revolutionaries. I became one myself. But we did not have a party and we did not have leadership. Within 10 years most of those revolutionaries became what Bob Avakian calls BEB, Bourgeois Electoral Bullshit.

This sounds pessimistic, but I am not pessimistic. I watched what was happening in Los Angeles and was encouraged. I watched those young people starting in Chicago who have a clear grasp, not just of the problem, but, importantly, they have the grasp of the solution.

There is a better life possible, the future does not have to be bleak. But it will take a revolution to do it.

Thank you Luan for what you said. It made it clear. This is as good as it gets without a revolution. I am giving what I can. This is the payment on my insurance policy for my children and for all of humanity. As Woody Guthrie sang, “There’s a better world a comin’.” Keep doing what you are doing and Woody’s dream can become a reality.

I gave what I could at that time, $400. I want to ask others to do what they can. We are at the top of the food chain in this country. We all have something to give that will not cause our children to starve. By giving something now, we can see beyond “as good as it gets.”

—An Engineer in Texas

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Ten Basic Principles of Organizing

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These 10 points were prepared for a workshop at the June 9 organizing conference held by the National Revolution Tour in Los Angeles. While still a work in progress, people found these to be a helpful outline.

Keep these as an informal guide for your Club. Are you doing these? Are you staying on track?

  1. The two principles of the Revolution Club are: Humanity Needs Revolution and the New Communism and Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution.
  2. 5-2-6—the 5 Stops, the 2 Choices, and the 6 Points of Attention (POA)—are essential. Spread these everywhere...
  3. Boldly challenge people to live by the POAs and recruit into the Revolution Club those who agree with the 5 Stops and 2 Choices and who will strive to live by and fight for the Points of Attention.
  4. Bob Avakian’s leadership and work is a tremendous guide and amazing eye-opener. Get into BA and put BA before people—use BAsics (the book, quote cards, and posters [e.g., 1:13]), watch and show the films and question/answer sessions, get into the books, and discuss these in the Revolution Club...
  5. HOW WE CAN WIN—How We Can Really Make Revolution is the strategy for revolution. The filmed speech of Bob Avakian, WHY WE NEED AN ACTUAL REVOLUTION AND HOW WE CAN REALLY MAKE REVOLUTION, along with the questions and answers, expands on this. Read this pamphlet and watch the film, discuss them with others, read and watch them again and again, and as you come to understand them more deeply, increasingly use them to guide your work.  
  6. Don’t “meet people where they’re at.” Instead: disturb the air, bring them the truth, and generate controversy with a good spirit.
  7. Break down the barriers between the movement for revolution and the people; take the problems of the revolution to the masses.
  8. Put the revolution before people straight up, then let them find their own level of commitment. Building this movement is a process of unity as well as struggle.
  9. Accumulate new people into the revolution... then organize people to have impact on crucial struggles or big events... then accumulate more people... and on and on.
  10. This is a nationwide movement with the whole world in mind... use the web presence (the revcom.us website, social media, etc.) to learn how to understand what’s going on in the world and to get guidance for building the movement for revolution... to amplify what you or your group does... to raise questions... and to send your thoughts and actions.

 

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"After Hitler, Us"? Or REVOLUTION, NOTHING LESS!

Lessons from the National Tour's Revolution School

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This writing comes as a reflection on some experience at the recent Revolution School that was called for by the National Revolution Tour/Revolution Club in Chicago.

In one of the selections from the The Coming Civil War... compilation, Bob Avakian (BA) makes the observation that, “[O]nce Hitler consolidated power, it took a whole world war to bring him down, and then he was not brought down by any internal dynamics and struggle from within German society itself.”

This sobering insight is situated in the context of providing an overall orientation that we should not be determinist in relation to past historical experience and present challenges, along with further observations about the world situation being extremely unfavorable should another World War break out as a result of necessity and contention among the imperialists internationally, and stressing the urgent need for the movement for revolution to be actively seeking out the ways to repolarize society toward a situation that is increasingly positive for the revolution. For us, this means applying the strategy of “Hastening While Awaiting” as part of Enriched What Is To Be Done-ism (part of which is concentrated in the BAsics quote cited later).

Let’s just say it like it is: Trump is an American Hitler, even if this is a limited comparison and should not be interpreted in a vulgar “history is literally repeating itself exactly” sense. There are bountiful, hideous particularities and nuances for us to be attuned towards. But on one level this is a valid comparison that I believe we can assert as a basic analogy. And in another excerpt from a recent speech by Avakian, he brings forward the criticism of the German communists in the 1930s, whose approach was summed up in the slogan, “‘Nach Hitler, Uns,’ (meaning: ‘After Hitler, Us’).” BA then exposes how different representatives of other class outlooks are actively taking up and promoting that very same approach in this period of rising fascism in the U.S. (to say nothing of those who extend this to an “After Bourgeoisie, Us!” approach).

Again, for our part, we know better (or we should know better), and we must be absolutely determined not to repeat those same mistakes, and to instead struggle sharply with those who are leading the masses down that abysmal and fatal path. All this points to the principal task of this period: waging a political war against fascism by broadly uniting all who can be united to lead mass, sustained nonviolent protest to drive out the Trump/Pence regime, before it can fully consolidate power, as called for by RefuseFascism.org, and that for the revolutionary communists, we must do this on the basis not of “After Hitler, Us!” but of “REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS!”

This necessity was presented to us in the midst of the Revolution School hosted by the National Revolution Tour, the aim of which was to imbue supporters of the revolution at various levels with a deeper understanding of the relation to (new communist) theory and practice, and—linked to that foundation—training us to work as a team of scientists that are constantly probing, investigating, experimenting with reality so as to not only understand it but most importantly to change it. From day one we had the orientation that, in relation to the aspect of deepening our understanding of theory, this is not something that is disconnected from what is going on “out there” in the objective world outside of our relative subjectivity. It is important to understand that in being “not disconnected,” this is to say that there is in fact contradiction here, and as such it could have very well turned into its opposite—we could have become disconnected with the objective world and “stuck in our plans.” Here is where leadership played the decisive role in preventing such an outcome.

On a day in which we had a certain schedule for study and outreach that was organized prior to these recent outrages, those who had been assuming a leadership role of this school opened up a struggle. It began with reading and discussion of BAsics 3:30:

Some Principles for Building a Movement for Revolution

At every point, we must be searching out the key concentrations of social contradictions and the methods and forms which can strengthen the political consciousness of the masses, as well as their fighting capacity and organization in carrying out political resistance against the crimes of this system; which can increasingly bring the necessity, and the possibility, of a radically different world to life for growing numbers of people; and which can strengthen the understanding and determination of the advanced, revolutionary-minded masses in particular to take up our strategic objectives not merely as far-off and essentially abstract goals (or ideals) but as things to be actively striven for and built toward.

The objective and orientation must be to carry out work which, together with the development of the objective situation, can transform the political terrain, so that the legitimacy of the established order, and the right and ability of the ruling class to rule, is called into question, in an acute and active sense, throughout society; so that resistance to this system becomes increasingly broad, deep and determined; so that the “pole” and the organized vanguard force of revolutionary communism is greatly strengthened; and so that, at the decisive time, this advanced force is able to lead the struggle of millions, and tens of millions, to make revolution.

BAsics 3:30, Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

With this we were posed with a challenge. What is essentially boiled down to was, “Look, there is outrage over this mass shooting that took place in El Paso, among broad sections of society and among ourselves. It erupted forth from the material basis for revolution (the 5 STOPS) and is an open expression of the white supremacist terror that is being unleashed by the fascist regime in power. This is a jolt in society: something that people are refusing to accept and something that the masses of people need to be led in seizing upon to advance the revolution and expand its organized forces. Should we change our plans, go out there to act upon it, or do we surrender this to the Democrats or other forms of spontaneity?” Or to express in other terms: Are we, in this moment, going to have the approach of “After Hitler, Us” or rather... “REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS!”

That challenge was readily accepted with little to no struggle from what I observed, while there was subsequently a good amount of contention regarding how to move to act on this way that is in line with our strategy (particularly in Part 2 of HOW WE CAN WIN—How We Can Really Make Revolution). And we have seen how our “acting upon” this outrage manifested in us leading masses of people in shutting down Lakeshore Drive in protest two days later. That was a tremendously important action, and it would not have happened if we had “stuck to our agenda.” The other aspect of this, as a comrade pointed out to me, was that had we not made this pivot, we would actually be doing harm to the masses of people in failing to carry out our responsibilities as revolutionary communists. We must never, ever allow ourselves to offer up the masses upon the funeral pyre of spontaneity—these are truly life-or-death struggles for not only humanity itself but especially to those who uphold the banner of human emancipation and the tasks that flow from that.

Among the many, many lessons I learned at the Revolution School, this one has haunted my thoughts most prominently ever since. What other crises/outrages have we approached with, or even failed to recognize at all, succumbing to “After Hitler, Us”? The stakes at hand, should an American fascism fully consolidate its rule, have already been correctly assessed as an existential threat to humanity, and even then the horrors that would come about in that process could be far worse than those we are able to delineate at this time. So in fulfilling our principal task of driving out this regime, we’d better learn to master the dialectical relationship to our fundamental task of building a movement for revolution on the basis of method and approach of the new communism.

To briefly conclude and to encourage further study, all this is entirely inseparable from the task of carrying out the Cultural Revolution in the Revolutionary Communist Party, which those at all levels who have already been won over (or are beginning the process of raising their sights towards) an actual revolution should return to again and reflect upon.

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Fascists and Communists:
Completely Opposed and Worlds Apart

By Bob Avakian

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Fascists stand for and are determined to intensify, to grotesque and hideous dimensions, every dimension of oppression and exploitation and all the horrors perpetrated by the system of capitalism-imperialism. Communists, and in particular the advocates of the new communism, are determined to put an end to all these horrors, and potentially even worse horrors, through the overthrow of the system of capitalism-imperialism and the abolition of all relations of exploitation and oppression, throughout the world.

Look at the 5 STOPS—fascists and communists, and in particular the advocates of the new communism, are on diametrically opposed sides of these crucial dividing lines: The fascists are determined to fortify and extend to even more monstrous proportions, and with potentially catastrophic consequences for humanity, all the horrors embodied in those 5 STOPS, while the communists, and in particular the advocates of the new communism, stand for and fight for precisely a STOP to all this.

Fascists base themselves on and actively promote blind adherence to hateful prejudice, willful ignorance and aggressive paranoia, in opposition to rational thinking and discourse, science and the scientific method. Communists, and in particular the advocates of the new communism, base themselves on and seek to apply the most consistent scientific method, including the importance of learning from and critically assimilating the insights, criticisms, etc. of others who disagree with or even ardently oppose them.

As pointed out in Communism and Jeffersonian Democracy, it is not that people calling themselves communists have never acted in opposition to the basic principles of communism, and it is not that there have been no shortcomings and errors, even some grievous errors, in the history of the communist movement and socialist society; but a scientific approach and analysis shows that this has not been the main trend and character of the communist movement and socialist society led by communists; and the notion of communism as representing a “totalitarian nightmare” is fundamentally in conflict with reality and is on the contrary the invention and distortion of functionaries, enforcers and intellectual camp followers of the exploitative and oppressive system of capitalism and imperialism, which the communist revolution aims to overthrow and advance human society beyond, through the abolition of all exploitation and oppression. (If anyone is sincerely interested in actually understanding what is represented by the “theory” of “totalitarianism,” and in particular the use of this “theory” to distort and slander what is represented by communism, in Bob Avakian’s work Democracy: Can’t We Do Better Than That? they can find a systematic discussion, dissection and refutation of the basic thesis and methods in The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, whose work is the most celebrated embodiment of this “theory” of “totalitarianism” and its use to distort and slander what is represented by communism.)

And, once again, there is the further, qualitative development of communism with the new communism brought forward by Bob Avakian (BA)—which involves a scientific analysis and synthesis of the historical experience, positive and negative, of the communist movement and the first great wave of communist-led revolution and socialist society, and the significance of which is highlighted and concentrated in particular in the first of the Six Resolutions of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

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Which Side Are YOU On?

Members of Refuse Fascism and the Revolution Club, LA are being dragged into court for disrupting the business-as-usual of fascist normalization.
They need to be defended.

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From members of the Revolution Club, Los Angeles:

In the Fall of 2017, the #Freeway9 blocked rush-hour traffic on the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles with the message: Trump/Pence Must Go. In the Spring of 2018, the #UCLA5 disrupted Steve Mnuchin, Trump’s Treasury Secretary, speaking at UCLA, calling him out for being “part of a regime that is hellbent on consolidating fascism.” They were responding to the call from Refuse Fascism for mass, sustained, nonviolent protests to drive the Trump/Pence fascist regime from power—sounding the alarm and calling people into the streets.

For this, the “liberal” city of Los Angeles arrested all these people, spied on them, harassed them, prevented them from speaking out, involved the “counter-terrorist” division of the LAPD, and is now engaged in vindictive prosecution. Two defendants already went to trial, and the jury was unable to convict, with 9 jurors arguing for acquittal. (Go here for a basic fact sheet on these cases.)

Instead of giving them a heroes’ parade through the city, celebrating the #Freeway9 and #UCLA5 for their far-sightedness and conscience, and vowing to join them, the liberal Democrats who run this city continue to do the work of the fascist regime by prosecuting them and fighting to send them to jail.

They are sending a message to all: “Stay in line. Collaborate with the regime. Or else.”

Which will you choose?

Several weeks before the #Freeway9 brought traffic to a halt, a white supremacist murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville amidst torch-bearing Nazis in the streets chanting “you will not replace us.” What was to come wasn’t written, but it could be foreseen. If you hated what happened, and recognized the blood on Trump’s hands but thought you could rely on investigations and elections to stop this, you chose the wrong side—the side of passive complicity, of collaboration with this regime.

Fast forward almost two years later, to El Paso, Gilroy, immigrants tortured in concentration camps at the border, “send them back...”

You can again recognize the blood on the hands of this regime, but—if you don’t act commensurate with the actual dangers—you will also see the blood on your hands.

In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!

Wake up and shake off the passivity.

The normal channels that brought this regime to power will not stop it. On the contrary, as can be seen in the cases of the Freeway9 and UCLA5, the existing institutions of this system—including the Democratic Party—are greasing the skids for fascism. Stopping this will require stepping outside the bounds of this system’s politics as usual. It will mean upheaval and determined struggle. A big part of the role of the Democratic Party is exactly to tamp down this kind of struggle—working overtime to keep people locked into the normal, ineffectual confines of electoral politics and meaningless protest-as-usual. As Bob Avakian has said, “The Democratic Party is a major instrument of this monstrously oppressive system.”1 It is party of the mainstream imperialist wing of the capitalist rulers. The Democrats do have big differences with the fascist Republicans, but those differences are over how to expand and defend this empire... they are over how the masses of people, here and around the world, will be brutally oppressed and exploited... not over whether this will take place. While the fascists are preparing for civil war, tearing up what are supposed to be legal and civil rights, shredding the norms of imperialist functioning, the Democrats are desperately clinging to those norms—while the whole thing moves further to the right. Even as they themselves are under attack by the fascists, the last thing the Democrats want is for their social base, the people they claim to represent—oppressed people, progressive people and the broad middle strata—to get out from under their control.

They prefer—and will brutally enforce—the order of this system, even as it hurtles headlong towards fascism—than risk what would be required to prevent that fascism.2

Lift your sights to what humanity and history demands: defending these protesters and taking up their call for thousands and millions, in the streets, not stopping until the demand is met: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go... Now!

An Illegitimate, Unreformable System... the Need for Revolution

A system that uses its courts, police and prosecutors to criminalize those standing up to stop the catastrophe that is to come while the regime in power foments its violent, white supremacist, fascist social base is an illegitimate system. A system that spies on, harasses and arrests the people working to stop fascism, going so far as to call antifascists “domestic terrorists” while giving a green light to nazi stormtroopers... is an illegitimate system. A system that puts power into the hands of an open white supremacist thug like Donald Trump or a Dark Ages troglodyte like Mike Pence... and then tells you to hope in a delusion that the Democrats will stop them, is an illegitimate system.

The Republican Party Is Fascist

The Democratic Party Is Also a Machine of Massive War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

This System CANNOT Be Reformed—It MUST Be Overthrown!

We Need an Actual Revolution

The Revolution Club is organizing for an actual revolution to overthrow this system at the soonest possible time... to put an end to all forms of oppression, exploitation and degradation. The National Revolution Tour is traveling the country, recruiting for that revolution, to move toward the time when we can get rid of this—and bring a whole better world into being. We’re joining the call from Refuse Fascism, uniting broadly with everyone with a heart for humanity, for massive, sustained, nonviolent, determined protest of the people in the streets.

We don’t need to be relying on this system, we need to be getting organized to overthrow this system.


1. From a clip from the film WHY WE NEED AN ACTUAL REVOLUTION AND HOW WE CAN REALLY MAKE REVOLUTION. [back]

2. To understand these underlying dynamics of this regime and why the Democrats are part of the problem, watch the film of Bob Avakian’s speech THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America, A Better World IS Possible. Also see “The Pyramid of Power and the Struggle to Turn This Whole Thing Upside Down” by Bob Avakian. [back]

The Pyramid of Power
And the Struggle to Turn This Whole Thing Upside Down

by Bob Avakian

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  • Monday, August 26, 8:30 am
    Pack the Courtroom for a pre-trial hearing to dismiss all the charges because of the unconstitutional LAPD spying and discriminatory prosecution.
    1945 S. Hill Street, 7th Floor, Dept. 74
  • Call City Attorney Mike Feuer to demand:
    Drop the charges against the #Freeway9 and #UCLA5
    213.978.8100.
  • Sign and spread the petition demanding: Drop the Charges!
  • Spread the word of these cases all over social media, tag @RevClub_LA
  • Donate to support the defendants while they’re in court.
  • Invite the defendants and Revolution Club to speak on your campus:
    You Think You’re Woke, But You’re Sleepwalking Through a Nightmare!
    This System Can’t Be Reformed, It Must Be Overthrown.
    Why We Were Arrested for Disrupting the Business-as-Usual of Fascism
    And Why You Should Join Us In the Fight for the Future.

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The following is taken from a recent talk given by Bob Avakian

Individualism, BEB and the Illusion of "Painless Progress"

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All this—even the seemingly more “benign,” or oblivious, individualism—links up with the repeated and stubborn insistence on chasing after the illusion of painless progress. If something makes people uncomfortable—and still more, if it holds out the prospect of sacrifice, necessary sacrifice, on their part—far too many people turn away from it. As I’ve pointed out before, there’s this whole attitude of approaching reality as if it’s a “buffet,” or approaching it like a consumer: “Well, that makes me uncomfortable. I’ll just leave that to the side. I don’t want to look at that because that makes me uncomfortable.”

I am going to talk later about some of the more ridiculous and outrageous forms of this. But just to give a little preview, as I pointed out in The New Communism, some people went on one of the college campuses a couple of years ago with a poster of Stolen Lives, people who’d been killed by police (not all of them, by any means, but dozens), and someone came up and started whining: “I don’t like that poster, it makes me feel unsafe.” As I commented at the time: Oh, boo-hoo! Let’s get out of this boo-hoo shit and start talking about and engaging seriously what’s happening to masses of people, one significant part of which is represented by what’s on that poster.

One of the most common and problematical forms of this repeated and stubborn insistence on chasing after the illusion of “painless progress,” particularly among people who consider themselves somewhat enlightened (or progressive, or “woke,” or however they want to put it), is what we very rightly term BEB—Bourgeois Electoral Bullshit—and the phenomenon that people continually confine themselves to the narrow limits of what is presented to them by one section of the ruling class, as embodied in the Democratic Party: “These are the limits of what I’ll consider in terms of possibly bringing about change”—because this is the well-worn rut of what is, at least up to this point, relatively safe in terms of political engagement. It may even become not-so-safe in the future, depending on how things go with these fascists who are working to consolidate their power right now through the ruling regime of Trump and Pence. But for now it seems relatively painless. It is also completely ineffectual and doesn’t bring about any kind of change that’s needed, but it’s a way to feel that you’re doing something while avoiding any sacrifice, and even any real discomfort.

One of the ways this gets expressed, along with the BEB, is people, in their masses, not confronting the reality of Trump/Pence fascism, and therefore not acting in a way commensurate with the danger and the potentially even greater horrors this represents.

Just to step back, and to speak to a very important element of this that I’ve touched on before, Trump’s election—through the electoral college, not the popular vote—is, in a real sense, an extension of slavery: the people who voted for Trump are the kind of people who would have been pro-slavery, had they been around at the time of slavery in the United States. And those who find it acceptable to have the overt white supremacist Trump in the White House are the kind of people who would have ignored or would have openly accepted and justified or rationalized slavery when it existed. And here I have to invoke what I thought was a very insightful comment by Ron Reagan (yes, Ronald Reagan’s maverick son, who is also, to his great credit, an unabashed atheist): Trump’s much-analyzed, over-analyzed, “base” will continue supporting him, no matter what he does, Ron Reagan has pointed out (and this is very insightful), because Trump hates all the same people they hate.

As opposed to all the obfuscation about the economic difficulties people are going through, blah, blah, blah, that is often used to rationalize why people voted for and continue to support Trump, what Ron Reagan has sharply pointed to is the essence of Trump’s “base.” And, by the way, notice how all the mainstream media, CNN and so on, continually use this term: Trump’s “base.” This is a neutral term, “base.” These are a bunch of fascists, okay? And by using these euphemisms, or these neutral terms, like “base,” you’re obscuring and keeping people from seeing what is actually represented by Trump and those who support him, and the depth of the real danger this poses. Ron Reagan’s comment is very much to the point. He went on to elaborate: They hate LGBT people, they hate women (independent women, and really all women), they hate Black people, they hate immigrants, they hate Muslims, and so on. And Trump hates all the same people they hate.

That is why they’ll never desert him, whatever he does. That is why he could very rightly make the comment: “I could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue in New York City and these people wouldn’t turn against me.”

At the same time, it has to be bluntly said: For the millions, and tens of millions, who say they hate everything Trump stands for and what he is doing but who, after all this time, have still not taken to the streets in sustained mobilization demanding that the Trump/Pence regime must go, this makes them collaborators with this fascist regime and themselves guilty of the egregious crime of tolerating this regime when they still could have the possibility of achieving the demand that it must go, through such mass mobilization!

To paraphrase Paul Simon: They are squandering their resistance for a pocketful of mumbles—and worse—from the Democratic Party.

It is long past time—and there is still time, but not much time—for this to change, for masses of people to finally take to the streets, and stay in the streets, with the firm resolve that this fascist regime must go!

And here are some very relevant questions for the millions and tens of millions who hate everything Trump stands for but have failed or refused to mobilize, in their masses, in non-violent but sustained action around the demand that the Trump/Pence regime be removed from power, as has been called for by Refuse Fascism: If you will not take to the streets now to demand that the Trump/Pence regime must go, what will you do if Trump is re-elected (perhaps through the electoral college, even if he again loses the popular vote)? And what will you do if Trump loses the election (even by the electoral college count) but then refuses to recognize the results and insists he is still President?!

At the same time, it is necessary to point to the very serious problems with the dangerous naiveté and “left” posturing of certain “progressive” intellectuals. For example, someone like Glenn Greenwald, who has done some good things in exposing the violations of people’s rights under this system—human rights, civil rights and civil liberties—but who, whenever anything’s brought out about the terrible crimes and horrors that are represented by the Trump/Pence regime, insists upon immediately saying things like, “Yes, but what about Hillary Clinton, and what about the Democrats, and the terrible things they have done?” All of which is true. As we have pointed out: The Democratic Party is a machine of massive war crimes and crimes against humanity. And this does need to be brought out. At the same time, it is necessary to recognize that the Republican Party is fascist, and if you don’t understand that this has real meaning and real importance—and every time someone speaks to the outrages and horrors perpetrated by these fascists, you insist on immediately raising, “Yes, but what about the Democrats?”—you’re leading people, or pointing people, away from an understanding of the real dynamics going on here and the real dangers.

And then there is Slavoj Žižek. As is very bluntly, and very accurately, put in the article by Raymond Lotta, “Slavoj Žižek Is a Puffed-Up Idiot Who Does Great Damage”:

Slavoj Žižek, an influential fool-of-a-philosopher who often poses as a “communist,” declared his support for Donald Trump on British TV. A victory for Trump, according to Žižek, will help the Republicans and Democrats “rethink themselves”—and could bring about “a kind of big awakening.” And speaking from his “what-me-worry” perch [Lotta goes on], Žižek pronounced that Trump “will not introduce fascism.”

As Lotta then succinctly states: “This is wrong, this is poison.” And it is similar to the kind of wrong and dangerous thinking that people like Glenn Greenwald fall into and propagate. Similarly to Glenn Greenwald, it involves playing down the actual reality and danger of what’s represented by fascism, even as, once again, the Democratic Party is an instrument of bourgeois dictatorship, and a machine of massive war crimes and crimes against humanity.

This kind of wrong thinking is also exemplified by someone like Julian Assange, who actually, from all appearances, and it does seem to be the case, contributed to the machinations that went on around the Trump campaign, involving, it does seem, the Russians in this, and who did so with the same kind of rationalization that Žižek put forward, as cited by Raymond Lotta—that Clinton and the Democratic Party represent the old establishment, the old ways of doing things, and if they’re defeated and somebody who’s outside the establishment gets in, it will shake things up. I have heard Assange saying (his own words, not just others characterizing what his position is): “Maybe this will lead to a negative change, or maybe it will lead to a positive change, but at least it will lead to change, or it will hold open the possibility of change.”

Well, what kind of change is it actually leading to? There’s no room for agnosticism or ignorance about what kind of change it is leading to. Yes, bourgeois dictatorship in any form is very bad for the masses of people, very oppressive and repressive of the masses of people, and needs to be overthrown. But an overt fascist dictatorship that tramples on any pretense of upholding rights for people is not something that should be put in the category of “maybe it’ll be a positive change, or maybe it’ll be a negative change.”

Now, at the same time as making this sharp critique, particularly with regard to Julian Assange, it is very important to emphasize the need to oppose the persecution of Assange by the U.S. imperialists, whose persecution of him is in response to and revenge for his part—not in something to do with the Russians, but overwhelmingly in exposing just some of the monstrous crimes of this system. In this regard, there was an interesting article called “Julian Assange and the Woeful State of Whistle-Blowers” by Edward Wasserman, who’s a professor of journalism and the Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. (This article appeared in the New York Times on Saturday, April 27 of this year, 2019.) Wasserman points out that, with whatever his failings are, political and personal, Julian Assange, through WikiLeaks, “enabled spectacular disclosure of official secrets,” including, as Wasserman himself puts it, “war crimes, torture and atrocities on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan” by the U.S. And this is why he’s being attacked in the legal arena and politically by the U.S. ruling class. This dimension is where people need to rally to Assange’s defense, even with his limitations and failings. And the need and importance of defending Assange, particularly from political/legal persecution by the U.S. government, has been greatly heightened by the fact that this government (headed by the Trump/Pence fascist regime) has now piled on very serious charges of espionage in this process of persecution, with dire implications not just for Assange but for any and all who would dare to uncover and expose the war crimes and crimes against humanity continually carried out by U.S. imperialism and its institutions of violence and repression.

Yet, without in any way failing to give due importance and emphasis to opposing these repressive moves by the U.S. government, it remains necessary and there is also great importance to criticizing this outlook and approach embodied in the thinking of people like Assange and Glenn Greenwald, as well as Žižek. The idea that these bourgeois (or “establishment”) politicians are just “all the same,” without any analysis of the nuances, or even the blatant differences, between them and the consequences of this for the masses of people, the masses of humanity—this is very harmful.

Here it is worth looking at the criticism that was raised of the German communists in the period of the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s. The slogan was attributed to the German communists: “Nach Hitler, Uns,” (meaning: “After Hitler, Us”). In other words, the same kind of thinking—that Hitler actually heading up the government would shake up things and would cause such a crisis in society that, then, the communists would have a chance to come to power. This represented a very serious underestimation of what was represented by Hitler and the Nazis, and the terrible consequences of this for humanity. Yes, the communists there should have been consistently and firmly opposing the whole system on a revolutionary basis, but it was also very important and necessary to recognize that Hitler and the Nazis were a particularly perverse and extreme representation of all the horrors of this system, and would carry them out in very extreme forms.

So, in relation to all this, there is a need for a scientific approach to building opposition to the fascism embodied in the Trump/Pence regime in the U.S. today, in a way that is based on and proceeds from the understanding that’s captured in works of mine like “The Fascists and the Destruction of the ‘Weimar Republic’... And What Will Replace It” and “Not Being Jerry Rubin, or Even Dimitrov, but Actually Being Revolutionary Communists: THE CHALLENGE OF DEFENDING FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS—FROM A COMMUNIST PERSPECTIVE, AND NO OTHER.” (These articles are available at revcom.us. They are part of the Collected Works of Bob Avakian.)

As I have stressed several times, and as concentrated in the slogan we have brought forward: “The Republican Party is Fascist, The Democratic Party is Also a Machine of Massive War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.” This emphasizes the importance of both aspects of things: recognizing the particularity of what’s represented by the fascism of the Trump/Pence regime and the Republican Party as a whole, and confronting the nature and massive crimes of the whole system, and all those who are functionaries and enforcers of this system, definitely including the Democratic Party.

In an article in the New York Times (Tuesday, July 16, 2019), “Racism Comes Out of the Closet,” Paul Krugman makes the point that not just Donald Trump but the Republican Party as a whole has gone from “dog whistling” racism to overtly and crudely expressing it. Krugman concludes this article this way, referring to the Republican Party’s dropping of even any pretense of opposing racism:

It’s tempting to say that Republican claims to support racial equality were always hypocritical; it’s even tempting to welcome the move from dog whistles to open racism. But if hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue, what we’re seeing now is a party that no longer feels the need to pay that tribute. And that’s deeply frightening.

Krugman does have a point—an important and relevant point—here, as far as it goes. The problem is that it doesn’t go far enough, and in particular does not break out of the constricting terms of contradictions and conflicts among ruling class parties (the Republicans and the Democrats). The stance of hypocritically pretending opposition to such outrages as racist oppression, while in fact acting as the representatives, functionaries and enforcers of a system that has this oppression built into it and could not exist without this oppression—this does not just apply to the Republican Party in the past (if it ever applied to that party at all over the past 50 years and more) but also applies to the Democratic Party. What is concentrated in this situation is the need to recognize, and correctly handle, a very real and acute contradiction: the fact that, on the one hand, the Democratic Party, as much as the Republican Party, is a party of a system that continually commits, and cannot help committing, massive crimes against the masses of humanity and embodies an existential threat to the very future of humanity; and, on the other hand, the fact that (to paraphrase what is cited above from Krugman’s article) there is a very real difference and very direct danger embodied in the fact that one of these ruling class parties (the Republicans) openly abandons much of the pretense of being anything other than a rapacious, and yes racist, plunderer of human beings and of the environment. This requires the correct synthesis of, in fundamental terms, opposing the whole system, of which both of these parties are instruments, and actively working, in an ongoing way, toward the strategic goal of abolishing this whole system, while also, with the same fundamental strategic perspective, recognizing the acute immediate danger posed by the fascist Trump/Pence regime and working urgently to bring forward masses of people in non-violent but sustained mobilization around the demand that this regime must go!

Failing to really recognize and act on this understanding, in its different aspects and its full dimension, is very much related to individualism—particularly in the form of seeking the illusion of painless progress, rather than being willing to confront inconvenient and uncomfortable truths and to act accordingly, even with the sacrifices that might be required.

With all the nuances and particularities of contradictions that do have to be recognized, this crucial truth can be put in this basic and concentrated way:

The Democratic Party Is Part of the Problem, Not the Solution.

Here a challenge needs to be issued to all those who insist on the position that “the Democrats are the only realistic alternative”: On the website revcom.us, there is the “American Crime” series, which chronicles and outlines many of the most horrific crimes of the U.S. ruling class, going back to the beginning of this country and right up to the present, carried out under Republican and Democratic administrations. Here is the challenge: Go read that “American Crime” series and then come back and try to explain why it’s a decent thing to do to be caught up in supporting the Democrats.

Along with its other crimes, and its particular role in maintaining and enforcing this system, in the current circumstances the Democratic Party is also an active facilitator of fascism because of its refusal, even on the terms of the system it represents, to do anything meaningful to oppose the fascism of the Trump/Pence regime. This is concentrated in the insistence by Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi (or Piglosi, as she should be called) that impeachment is, once again, off the table. Some people may not remember (or may have chosen to forget), and others may not even know, but there was a massive sentiment to impeach George W. Bush back around 2005-2006, in particular because of the way he took the country to war, attacking and invading Iraq, causing massive destruction and death in that country, on the basis of systematic lies that were very consciously perpetrated by his whole regime, including Colin Powell, Cheney and Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and the rest, who deliberately and systematically lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and supposedly threatening the U.S. (and “allies” of the U.S.) with those weapons. These lies were the rationalization for perpetrating the U.S. war of aggression against Iraq—which, in fact, was an international war crime. There was a mass sentiment toward impeachment of George W. Bush largely on that basis. Well, when the Democrats, in the 2006 election, won control of both houses of Congress, immediately Nancy Piglosi said impeachment is off the table. And now she’s doing the same thing again—and she’s doing this not just as an individual, but as representative of the leadership of the Democratic Party. To borrow a term from the gang scene, the “shot-callers” of the Democratic Party are saying: “We shouldn’t impeach Trump because that will just serve him; he’s trying to goad us into impeaching him.” As though it would not be a good thing for Trump to be impeached. Piglosi insists: “We’re not gonna fall for that, we’re gonna hold Trump accountable.”  Oh yeah? How? How are you going to hold him accountable when you refuse to use one of the most powerful instruments you have, impeachment, to actually do something meaningful to oppose what he’s doing?

I saw a commentator on one of the networks the other day who made an observation which (along with and despite a bunch of nonsense that she was also spouting) was actually somewhat insightful and important. She said: “Laws don’t enforce themselves. If you can do something and get away with it, the law is meaningless.” Well, Piglosi, your “accountability” (holding Trump “accountable”) is meaningless because you are refusing to exercise the most effective means you might have to “hold him accountable.”

Now, some people say that this is just being done by Piglosi and the rest because they have the 2020 election in mind, and they don’t want to feed the Republican Party ammunition for their insistence that “this is a witch hunt” against Trump and the Republican Party. That may be a secondary consideration on the part of the Democrats, but if you listen to Piglosi she’s telling us what the deal actually is. She’s saying it would further divide the country to impeach Trump—as if the “country” is not already very deeply and very intensely divided, at this point, which is precisely why someone like Trump could get elected in the first place.

But there are really three reasons, or we could call them “three fears,” that Piglosi and the rest have. They’re afraid of Trump and the Republicans, so they’re allowing Trump and the Republicans to set the terms of what they can do. Their “logic” goes like this: “Since Trump would lash back if we tried to impeach him, therefore we shouldn’t try to impeach him.” This is the logic of what they’re saying, even if they don’t directly and explicitly articulate it like that. So they’re letting the Republicans set the terms—which, of course, only causes the Republicans to be even more aggressive in pursuit of their agenda and in defying and trampling on the “norms” of this system. Even according to their own bourgeois “principles,” the Democrats should be acting on the basis of what’s in their Constitution, not according to what the Republicans will allow them to do.

Secondly, along with being afraid of Trump and the Republican Party, they are afraid of the reality that laws don’t enforce themselves. They’re afraid that if they impeach Trump—and if, somehow, they even succeeded not only in impeaching him, but actually getting him convicted in the Senate—that Trump might well declare: “Fuck you, I’m the President, I don’t recognize this impeachment.” Then, what and whom can they turn to? This brings up the other dimension of this second point: They’re afraid of Trump’s “base.” They’re afraid of these fascist forces out there who are being encouraged and goaded by Trump to increasingly act in a violent manner and who (as I’ll speak to shortly) do have a lot of weapons and are demonstrating not only their willingness, but their eagerness, to use them. So Piglosi and the rest are afraid of that.

But at least as much—and here is the “third fear”—they are afraid of the people on the other side of the divide in the country, the people who tend to vote for the Democrats, especially the basic masses of oppressed people. They are afraid of the very people, basic masses and others, whom the Democratic Party is responsible for “corralling” into the BEB and “domesticating” their dissent. They’re afraid of the people who are angry about what’s represented by Trump and Pence. They don’t want those people out in the street, unless it is contained within the narrow confines of what the Democratic Party, and the system it serves, can allow. And they don’t want the confrontation between those people and the fascists who have rallied behind Trump. You think they want to see masses of Black people, immigrants, and others, including masses of people from different strata who are furious over Trump—you think they want to see them in the streets in direct and determined opposition to what is represented by Trump and Pence? That’s one of the worst nightmares of Piglosi and Company, not only because of the potential for militant confrontation with the fascists, but because people could then get completely out of the control of the Democratic Party, and the whole system of which the Democrats are representatives, functionaries, and enforcers. A big part of what they are representing and enforcing would be seriously jeopardized.

So this is what’s really going on with Piglosi and the rest in stubbornly resisting a move toward impeachment.

And then we come to one of the main aggressively fascist functionaries in the Republican Party, the Congressman from Iowa, Steve King. Recently, along with all of his other outrageous postings and overtly racist, misogynist, and crudely derogatory statements about Muslims and immigrants, and so on, King recently posted a meme, with this comment, on his official campaign page:

Folks keep talking about another civil war. One side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.

Now, it has to be said that there is a “demented insight” in this comment. Obviously, this is a vicious attack on trans people, as well as those supportive of their rights. So, on the one hand, this is an outrageous statement, a thoroughly reactionary and vicious statement. But it does express a certain demented insight, or a demented representation of some truth, because while people are rightly supporting the rights of trans people, gay people, women and others, there are real limitations and problems with the spontaneous outlook prevailing among those on the correct side of the divide. There is a narrowness along lines of “identity,” and an ignoring of, or a not paying sufficient attention to, the larger dynamics that are shaping up in the society (and the world) as a whole, and the implications of this, as represented, once again, by the fact that, while people are fighting around or raising some resistance around this or that particular instance of oppression, discrimination and prejudice, they are not rallying to take on the whole massive assault that’s embodied in the Trump/Pence regime, let alone the whole system that has produced this regime. There is the serious problem that, as a whole, people who consider themselves “progressive” or “woke” have, to put it mildly, not made any real rupture with American chauvinism (about which I will have more to say shortly). And, related to this, there is the fundamental problem of attempting to resolve the conflict with what is represented by the Trump/Pence regime and its fascist “base,” with its “8 trillion bullets,” through relying on (or seeking a return to) what have been the “norms” of the bourgeois order in this country (and, on the part of some, this involves a call for “restoring civility”) while the fascists are determined to trample on and tear up these “norms” and are perfectly happy to have those who oppose them adopt the stance of “civility” (accommodation) toward their unrelenting fascist offensive. Although this does not apply absolutely, it is far too much the case that the words of the poet William Butler Yeats describe this very serious situation: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity.” And so, while things could be heading toward a civil war, and it could come down to that even in the not-too-distant future, the present lineup is very unfavorable for anybody who represents anything decent in the world.

All this is, in a demented kind of way, represented in King’s statement that one side has about 8 trillion bullets while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use. Again, it’s not that the question of bathroom use and the larger questions it encapsulates is unimportant. It is important. But there’s a larger picture here of this developing trend or motion toward a civil war which right now is very one-sided in a very bad way, and if things continue on this trajectory the outcome could truly be disastrous.

So that should be serious food for thought—and not only that, but also a serious spur to action for people who do care about all the various ways in which people are being brought under attack and oppression is being intensified all across the board against large sections of the people who need to be brought together to fight against the offensive from these fascist forces—and, in more fundamental terms, need to be brought forward on the basis of recognizing that it’s the whole system, out of which this fascist phenomenon has arisen, and which embodies such terrible oppression of people not just here but all around the world, that needs to be swept away.

Now, another element of this that we can’t overlook is that, while a lot of what King describes applies in a certain demented way, particularly to progressive or so-called “woke” middle class people, there is another kind of problem with regard to more basic oppressed people, and in particular the youth—a big problem that their guns are now aimed at each other. And without going more fully into this right now, this is something that needs to be radically transformed in building a movement for an actual revolution.

So here we come to the question of the relation between building for an actual revolution and the still very urgent question of driving out this fascist regime. The following from Part 2 of Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution remains extremely relevant and important:

The relation between the struggle against this fascist regime and building the revolution is not a “straight road” or a “one-way street”: It must not be approached, by those who understand the need for revolution, as if “first we must build a mass movement to drive out this regime, and then we can turn our attention to working directly for revolution.” No. It is crucial to unite and mobilize people, from different perspectives, very broadly, around the demand that this regime must go, but it will be much more difficult to do this on the scale and with the determination that is required to meet this objective if there are not, at the same time, greater and greater numbers of people who have been brought forward around the understanding that it is necessary to put an end not only to this regime but to the system out of whose deep and defining contradictions this regime has arisen, a system which by its very nature has imposed, and will continue to impose, horrific and completely unnecessary suffering on the masses of humanity, until this system itself is abolished. And the more that people are brought forward to be consciously, actively working for revolution, the growing strength and “moral authority” of this revolutionary force will in turn strengthen the resolve of growing numbers of people to drive out this fascist regime now in power, even as many will not be (and some will perhaps never be) won to revolution.

 

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From THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America, A Better World IS Possible – A Talk by Bob Avakian

A Critical Challenge, an Urgent Appeal

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[W]hether we consider ourselves revolutionaries, convinced of the need for a radical overturning of the system and thorough transformation of society, or we believe that it is possible to bring about changes that will lead to a more just society within this system; whether our understanding is that America is not, and cannot be, a force for good in the world, or we hope it still can become that—all of us need to come together, and act together, with the urgency that corresponds to the terrible present and the gravely imperiled future that this fascist regime represents for humanity, and with the conviction that something far better is necessary and possible.

We may have differences about what that “something far better” is, and how it can be brought about—and we should continue to discuss and debate this, with the orientation of seeking the truth, whether convenient or inconvenient, comfortable or uncomfortable, and following the truth wherever it leads—but it is not only possible but crucial and urgent that we unite—and actively go forward to win truly massive numbers of people—to act, in a really meaningful way, to bring about the removal of this fascist regime before it can fully consolidate its rule and bring down the full effect of its horrific agenda. In the “Paul Krugman” article, I put it this way:

“Krugman is a proponent of capitalism, whereas I am an advocate of communism, a new communism, who is convinced that what is ultimately and fundamentally required to deal with the current horrors facing the masses of humanity, and the looming threat to the very existence of humanity, is a truly radical and emancipating revolution. But that is not the immediate question and challenge before all of us at this present moment. Rather, it is to deal with the grave danger posed by those now in power, through nonviolent but massive and sustained political action—the mobilization of first thousands, growing into millions, determined to get and remain in the streets until this regime is removed from power. Does not the common recognition that this regime ‘may end up destroying civilization,’ demand of us—of all those, of many divergent viewpoints, who can recognize that these are the stakes for humanity—that we act together, and do everything in our power, to bring about the massive political manifestation that is urgently needed to drive out this regime?”

And, in concluding, let me go back to what I wrote at the end of that article:

“It is in this spirit and with this understanding that it is crucial for everyone—those, like Paul Krugman, with a prominent platform from which to influence public opinion, as well as those without such a platform—who do recognize and agonize over what is at stake for humanity to act, from their own perspective, to give meaningful support to, and indeed to become actively involved in, the critical work building toward November 4: publicly endorsing and promoting the Call from Refuse Fascism, helping to break through what is effectively a white-out of this by the mainstream media, donating and raising funds, directing people to the RefuseFascism.org website, and in countless other ways helping to develop the necessary political and organizational basis for what RefuseFascism very rightly calls ‘this great cause.’ For it is the massive and sustained political mobilization called for by RefuseFascism that truly represents the prospect of forging a positive path through and beyond this extremely dangerous and potentially disastrous situation.” 

RefuseFascism.org is a movement of people coming from diverse perspectives, united in our recognition that the Trump/Pence Regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity and the planet, and that it is our responsibility to drive them from power through non-violent protests that grow every day until our demand is met. This means working and organizing with all our creativity and determination to bring thousands, eventually millions of people into the streets of cities and towns, to demand:

This Nightmare Must End:
The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

RefuseFascism.org welcomes individuals and organizations from many different points of view who share our determination to refuse to accept a fascist America, to join and/or partner with us in this great cause.

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The Crucial Importance of the New Communism and BA's Leadership

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The following is a summation of some group study and discussion of the new communism and the leadership of Bob Avakian (BA).

First of all, I want to say that it has been truly great, deeply meaningful, critically important—and a lot of fun!—digging into the work, leadership and method of BA together. I have been thinking recently about some key themes and lessons that occur to me regarding our study and discussions and their purpose and importance. There is obviously so much that I could highlight—in terms of the key points we have gotten into in these sessions and the significance of these sessions—and trying to cover it all would be well beyond the scope of what I have written here (which ended up being longer than I envisioned when I started). However, I wanted to frame our work together with two overall themes.

The first of these themes is drawn from the beginning of a quote from BA: “Let’s get down to basics: We need a revolution. Anything else, in the final analysis, is bullshit.” (from BAsics 3:1)

The second theme is the critical role of revolutionary theory.

Let me briefly get further into each of these themes—in general, as it relates to the role and importance of BA and his leadership in the world, and also as it relates to our study and discussions.

Given how much there is to say on each of these two themes, I can only really scratch the surface here. But let’s start with the first one:

“Let’s get down to basics: We need a revolution. Anything else, in the final analysis, is bullshit.”

The understanding captured in this quote not only speaks to the state of the world and of humanity—and to what is urgently needed in light of this—but also, relatedly, illuminates WHY we have been engaging in this study and discussion together and WHY this is so important.

We have often talked—and very correctly so, to be clear—about having “cool” discussions. But it’s important to understand that this is NOT fundamentally about having “cool,” “interesting,” “fun” or “mentally stimulating” discussions, even though these discussions definitely ARE all of these things!

Rather, our work together has a specific purpose: to deepen our understanding of the world not just for the sake of knowledge in some academic sense, but in order to radically CHANGE the world. And, more specifically, to deepen our understanding and application of the science of revolution and communism, as this science has been qualitatively advanced in groundbreaking ways through the new communism brought forward by BA—deepening our grasp and application of this science as a key part of contributing to the process of making revolution on the basis of this new communism.

Just look at the world! We have talked about the “5 STOPS,” which speak to five key, defining contradictions of this capitalist-imperialist system. These 5 STOPS are: “STOP Genocidal Persecution, Mass Incarceration, Police Brutality and Murder of Black and Brown People!”... “STOP the Patriarchal Degradation, Dehumanization, and Subjugation of All Women Everywhere, and All Oppression Based on Gender or Sexual Orientation!... Stop Wars of Empire, Armies of Occupation, and Crimes Against Humanity!... Stop the Demonization, Criminalization and Deportations of Immigrants and the Militarization of the Border!... Stop Capitalism-Imperialism from Destroying Our Planet!”

A quick glance at the news from the past few weeks alone will reveal that the contradictions spoken to in these 5 STOPS—and the staggering level of suffering and misery caused by these contradictions—are only intensifying.

This is on top of the countless other forms of tremendous poverty, deprivation, misery, exploitation, oppression and suffering spawned by this system and heaped upon literally billions of human beings and humanity as a whole every single day that this capitalist-imperialist system continues.

A key point to understand, which BA’s work illuminates so sharply and powerfully, is that NONE of these outrages are accidental, isolated or disconnected from each other. They have a common source—this SYSTEM of capitalism-imperialism. These outrages and horrors for humanity are woven into this system’s rules, its operation, its “DNA,” its roots, its historical and ongoing functioning. For this reason, the system CANNOT be reformed—it must be overthrown through revolution.

This point about the NEED for an actual revolution—as opposed to attempts to “fix” or “heal” or “reform” a system that in fact CANNOT be fixed, healed or reformed—in order to put an end to the countless ways that humanity suffers needlessly is, I believe, one vital takeaway from our study and discussions of BA’s work; it is one critical point on which our collective understanding should be significantly deepened.

Another one of these vital points that I think has been a theme of our study and discussions—especially recently, as we have watched the most recent film from BA (Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution) and listened to the Q & A from this film—is what an actual revolution IS, what it involves and what it requires.

An actual revolution does NOT just mean “a big change”—in one form or another—which is how many people think of it or try to define it. Rather, an actual revolution means overthrowing the capitalist-imperialist system, meeting and defeating its repressive force, dismantling its institutions and setting up a new, socialist system and state power and society—and, accordingly, new institutions—on the road to communism. Right now is NOT the time for an actual revolution, because the necessary conditions for this revolution do not yet exist. But right now IS the time to be working for, hastening (i.e., working to accelerate the emergence of) and preparing for an actual revolution.

This point leads us to the question of what we ALREADY do have, and what we DON’T yet have and therefore need to urgently work on bringing into being, in terms of the necessary factors and conditions for revolution.

In terms of what we DO have: By far the biggest positive factor we have is BA. Through decades of work, BA has forged the new communism, which is the framework—and, most fundamentally, the scientific understanding and method—that humanity needs to make revolution and continue that revolution all the way to communism. Think about this: Just as the first round of communist revolutions would never have happened without the initial scientific breakthroughs and framework forged by Marx, so the next round of communist revolutions will not happen without millions of people taking up the further scientific breakthroughs and framework forged by BA.

The framework of the new communism includes: a comprehensive and further developed scientific understanding of the nature of the problem, that is, the nature of capitalism-imperialism, how it specifically operates, historically and in the world today, why and how it is responsible for the many different forms of suffering that humanity faces and why this system cannot be reformed and must be swept away through revolution; a viable strategy for revolution—for working now to hasten while awaiting a revolutionary situation and then winning in that future situation; and a concrete, vivid and thoroughly developed vision and “blueprint” for a radically different socialist society on the road to communism, as put forward in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, authored by BA.

Most fundamentally and importantly—and this is a thread running through and underlying the understanding, strategy and vision—is the scientific METHOD of the new communism.

The new communism forged by BA builds upon—but also goes far beyond, and in some key ways breaks with—the past experience in theory and practice of the communist movement.

Speaking in depth to the totality and specific dimensions of the new communism is also beyond the scope of what I am writing here, but to quickly highlight some key points of this.

In terms of the totality of what is represented by the new communism, I want to quote the first of the Six Resolutions of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, which we have previously discussed. This first resolution makes the point that the new communism

represents and embodies a qualitative resolution of a critical contradiction that has existed within communism in its development up to this point, between its fundamentally scientific method and approach, and aspects of communism which have run counter to this.

This point is important enough that I think it bears repeating in order to help facilitate ongoing further reflection: The new communism “represents and embodies a qualitative resolution of a critical contradiction that has existed within communism in its development up to this point, between its fundamentally scientific method and approach, and aspects of communism which have run counter to this.

While—as this quote from the first resolution points out—communism’s method and approach has been FUNDAMENTALLY scientific, there have been important ways in which past socialist societies along with the communist movement, past and present, have taken up unscientific and even ANTI-scientific ways of thinking, methods and approaches to understanding and transforming reality, with very harmful effects.

The new communism brought forward by BA qualitatively resolves this contradiction, putting communism on a more firmly scientific footing and therefore carving out the method and framework that makes it possible—not inevitable, but possible—to confront and transform the many contradictions involved in making revolution and continuing that revolution all the way to communism.

Needless to say, this is a big deal in terms of the possibilities this new communism opens up for humanity!

While, once again, it is not possible to review in depth the various specific dimensions of the new communism, I want to highlight here three examples of this.

*First, the new communism breaks new ground—and breaks with unscientific approaches within the communist movement—in terms of its approach to the TRUTH, the process by which the truth should be pursued, understood and arrived at, and the importance of going for the truth not just in a general sense but specifically in terms of the goal of getting to communism.

The new communism’s approach to this breaks with the unscientific and harmful ideas—which have far too often and to far too great a degree infected the past and present of the communist movement at different points—that a particular section of society, such as communists, or the most oppressed and exploited, have a monopoly on truth; the idea that whether or not a statement is true should be evaluated based on the class (or social) position of the person making the statement; the idea that different classes have their own versions of the truth, i.e., that the proletariat has its truth and the bourgeoisie has its truth; the notion of “populist epistemology”—that whether or not something is true should be evaluated based on the numbers of people who believe it at a given time; the notion of “political truth”—the idea that whether or not something is true should be evaluated based on whether or not it is viewed as convenient at a given time.

Once again, all of those wrong ways of thinking are not just prevalent in society more broadly but have been significant problems in the past and present of the communist movement.

In opposition to all of this is the understanding encompassed in BA’s new communism that truth is... TRUTH! That it does NOT have a class character, nor is it determined by whether it is viewed as politically convenient in the short term, nor is it determined by the number of the masses who recognize it as truth at a given time. That truth is determined by whether or not something corresponds to objective reality, and it must be fully confronted in all of its dimensions—including those that might be unfortunate or inconvenient in the short run—as an essential part of actually getting to communism.

These points are encompassed in this very important quote from BA that speaks to a key breakthrough in understanding concentrated in the new communism:

Everything that is actually true is good for the proletariat, all truths can help us get to communism. (BAsics 4:5)

Once again, as BA has pointed out, the new communism’s breakthroughs in regard to the truth are not just a matter of recognizing that going for the truth is essential in general—though this understanding is encompassed, too—but that going for the truth is essential IN ORDER TO GET TO COMMUNISM.

*A second example of a specific key dimension of the new communism is its breakthrough in regard to internationalism—the understanding that “the whole world comes first.” This is not just a moral stand—although it is ALSO that—but represents a more fully scientific understanding of internationalism and its importance in the process of making and continuing revolution, and a rupture with and departure from unscientific understandings of internationalism in the past and present of the communist movement. This breakthrough developed with BA’s new communism includes the understanding that the world situation is principal—in other words, that it is the most important factor setting the terms—in regard to the process of making revolution in any particular country; that there can sometimes be a sharp contradiction between the needs of a particular socialist state and the need to advance the world revolution, and that advancing the world revolution must come first; and that in past revolutions there were sometimes important errors made by failing to recognize this and putting the needs of particular socialist countries above the world revolution. Here again, this is not just a matter of an abstract idea of internationalism, but principles based on the work BA has done to deeply engage and synthesize the correct understanding of and approach to the actual contradictions involved in consistently applying internationalism, with all the complexity and difficulty involved in this. (In this regard, the discussion of internationalism in BA’s book THE NEW COMMUNISM is very important.)

*A third example of specific dimensions in which the new communism has broken new ground is in terms of the method of “solid core with a lot of elasticity on the basis of the solid core,” which is a scientific understanding which in fact ruptures with the past understanding and approach of the communist movement in important ways, including in the application of this method to the process of making revolution and leading the future socialist society.

In terms of epistemology (theory of knowledge) and method, “solid core with a lot of elasticity on the basis of the solid core” intertwines with some of the key points made earlier in regard to truth and comprehends that while the communist method and approach is the most systematic, comprehensive and effective means of getting to the truth, this does not mean that communists have a monopoly on the truth and are always correct or that those NOT applying the communist method and approach are always incorrect; rather, those coming from other outlooks, methods and approaches can discover important truths and shed important light on elements of reality. Therefore, the METHOD of solid core with a lot of elasticity on the basis of the solid core involves applying the communist outlook, method and approach to reality with a specific goal, making revolution and getting to communism, while also understanding the need—ON THE BASIS OF APPLYING THAT METHOD—to learn from, sift through and sort out what is brought forward through many diverse streams of human activity and by people coming from a broad range of perspectives, including those that are not communist and even opposed to communism in some cases.

Applying this understanding of solid core with a lot of elasticity on the basis of the solid core to the process of making revolution and then continuing that revolution in the future socialist society on the road to communism, BA’s new communism recognizes—on a level far beyond and in some cases in opposition to the way this was understood prior to the new communism—the complexity and diversity of human activity and thought that must be involved in the process of making revolution and leading a socialist society to communism. This includes recognizing in a whole new way and on a whole other level the importance of dissent, debate, experimentation, ferment and individuality—not individualism but individuality—in socialist society.

To contrast this with one example from the first wave of socialist societies: In socialist China—which, again, overall represented an enormous leap for humanity in so many different spheres and overall—Marxism was in essence viewed as an “official ideology” that people in socialist society should profess, while the new communism, and in particular the approach of “solid core with a lot of elasticity on the basis of the solid core,” embodies the understanding that the leading element in socialist society needs to be communism, but this should not be enshrined and institutionalized as, in effect, an “official ideology” but put forward and struggled for as something people need to be won to and to consciously and voluntarily take up, while at the same time recognizing the importance of giving space to and engaging, and learning what can and should be learned from, the insights of others who have not, yet, been won to communism.

As positive as the overall experience of socialism in China was, BA’s new communism represents a very different vision of socialist society that involves a radical leap forward from even the best of the past.

So, these three examples—related to the approach towards truth, internationalism and solid core with a lot of elasticity on the basis of the solid core—are just that: three of many examples and points that could be offered to illustrate just how profoundly new BA’s new communism is, and the ways in which this new communism (to go back to the quote from the first of the six resolutions):

represents and embodies a qualitative resolution of a critical contradiction that has existed within communism in its development up to this point, between its fundamentally scientific method and approach, and aspects of communism which have run counter to this.

The works that we have read, watched and listened to from BA have been an application and illustration of the new communism—and this has immersed us in this new communism, in an overall way, as captured by the quote from the first resolution as well as in various specific dimensions, including the three highlighted in this letter.

Accordingly, our study and discussion of this work should have deepened our understanding and application of the new communism and its scientific method. Many of our discussions, in fact, have involved studying BA’s scientific method and seeking to take up and apply this method ourselves, to the best of our ability, even while not being able to do this on anywhere near the same level that BA himself does. This focus on method has been extremely important and instructive, manifested, for instance, in the way that we have studied and sought to emulate the way that BA boldly confronts, plainly presents and systematically unpacks the key contradictions and questions of the revolution, involving and inviting others to join him on that journey.

So, once again to return to the question of what we HAVE in regard to the factors and conditions needed to make revolution, the biggest positive factor we have by far is BA, the scientific framework, breakthrough and understanding that he has forged with the new communism, and the ongoing leadership he is providing. This leadership, as highlighted in the second of those six resolutions, involves an extremely rare combination: the ability “to develop scientific theory on a world-class level, while at the same time having a deep understanding of and visceral connection with the most oppressed, and a highly developed ability to ‘break down’ complex theory and make it accessible to the masses of people.” Our viewing, listening, reading and related study/discussion has also driven home this rare combination point repeatedly and powerfully.

In terms of what we don’t yet have, and therefore urgently NEED to work on bringing into being in order to make an actual revolution: We don’t yet have masses of people, first in the thousands and then in the millions, who are won to this revolution and its leadership and developed as an organized force for this revolution; we don’t yet have a situation where the party that is needed to lead the revolution has grown and been expanded and strengthened to the point where it has the necessary ties and influence in society to actually lead a revolution; and we don’t yet have a revolutionary crisis in which the system is unable to rule in the traditional way.

So, the urgent task before us—not just us, but certainly ALSO us—is to take the critical things we DO have and go to work on bringing into being what we DON’T yet have.

This theme—of what we do have, what we don’t have, and what we therefore need to get busy doing—has been another theme both directly spoken to and objectively posed by the works of BA that we have dug into and by our discussions of these works.

Bringing into being the conditions that we don’t yet have is urgently necessary, absolutely possible and in line with reality and how it can be changed, and there is a strategy for going to work on this, as we have discussed recently. But this will not be easy—it will take lots of STRUGGLE, repeatedly and fundamentally on a societal level.

This understanding, too, is another theme that jumps out in reflecting on our study and discussion.

We should understand that we are not operating on an “empty playing field.” There can be a tendency, especially when people are young and still relatively inexperienced politically, to think that everyone with a decent heart will immediately rally to the correct understanding of reality as soon as they are exposed to this understanding. And without question, there is a tremendous basis to win MILLIONS of people to this revolution and its leadership because it DOES, in fact, correspond to reality and to what humanity needs, and no other program and line does.

However, the understanding of BA and the new communism is, to put it simply, contending with all kinds of wrong ways of thinking, on all kinds of questions, that are spontaneously called forth and actively and repeatedly promoted by this system, and it is contending with all kinds of wrong LINES—i.e., wrong outlooks and methods applied to reality—that keep people trapped within this system. This includes, but is not limited to, people in society who call themselves “socialists” or “communists” but are actually about nothing that has anything to do with actual socialism and communism and really just want to reform capitalism and perhaps slightly redistribute the wealth generated by the capitalist system of exploitation. These reformists have nothing to do with an actual revolution and bringing into being a radically different world—and in some cases they will even admit as much. In any case, these fake socialists and communists are often some of those who most viciously attack BA and the GENUINE communism represented by BA, the new communism, precisely because BA and the new communism ACTUALLY represent what they may PRETEND to be about but in reality fundamentally oppose: real revolution and communism.

Few things are as threatening to a poseur as someone who actually IS what they PRETEND to be.

Returning to society more broadly: sharp ideological struggle must be waged—not just on an individual level or in small numbers, but among MASSES OF PEOPLE, and on a SOCIETAL SCALE—to rupture people out of all the wrong ways of thinking and wrong lines that they are caught up in and into the framework of BA’s new communism.

Once again, there is every basis and every urgency to do this, exactly because BA and the new communism correspond to reality and how it can and must be changed, while these other lines and ways of thinking do NOT. But this will take determined, sharp struggle—of the sort emphasized and modeled by BA in the works that we have studied together.

This brings me to the point with which I want to briefly conclude, which is the second of the two themes I have emphasized.

The Importance of Revolutionary Theory

Another tendency that people can have when they are young and relatively inexperienced is the tendency to view “doing stuff” as the most important political task at hand. “Doing stuff” can be defined in a number of different ways, including things such as attending programs, events or protests or doing “on the ground” political outreach and work.

Well, first of all, the question of “doing WHAT stuff” is immediately posed. In other words, what KIND of political work and outreach are people doing, and what KIND of programs and protests—around what line—are people seeking to be involved in? This is obviously a key question.

It’s not the case, as people often think and sometimes say, that “it’s all good”—in other words, “liberal”/“progressive”/“socialist”/“communist”—“sure, sure we all basically want the same things and are on the same page.”

NO. While there are certainly some important areas in which genuine communists can find unity with broad ranks of progressives, there are different lines out there and these different lines are in contention and lead to fundamentally different understandings of the problem and solution in the world.

So, that’s the first question: doing “WHAT” stuff and with WHAT goal?

That said, “doing stuff” in the right sense—i.e., doing “practical work” on the ground and in the broader society to promote this revolution and its leadership, to organize people into the revolution, working to hasten and prepare for an actual revolution, to Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution, including through different forms of political outreach, programs and discussions, demonstrations and protests, etc.—is extremely critical and important, and in fact urgently necessary.

But it is important to understand that in a movement for revolution—like any good team—everyone has different roles, and it is important for people to understand and embrace their roles in order to make the greatest possible contribution to the team and, in this case, to humanity.

However, even beyond this question of each person’s individual roles, there is the question of the decisiveness of revolutionary theory.

Once again, “doing stuff” in the right sense—i.e., practical revolutionary work—is critically important. If millions of people had the right theoretical understanding but didn’t act on that understanding in practice, nothing would change.

However—and this goes up against the ways people are trained to think in this society, and against the spontaneity of how people often see things when they are young (or new to things), but is nonetheless true and important—what is even more fundamental than “doing stuff” is the question of what people, individually and in their masses, UNDERSTAND. Whether and how people act—and the effect this has in the world—ultimately comes down to what people UNDERSTAND.

From that standpoint, it is crucial that people find the ways to do what we have been doing: immersing ourselves in, taking up and applying the most advanced revolutionary theory in the world, BA’s new communism, as part of the overall process of making revolution.

One final point: It is important not to look narrowly at what it means to TAKE UP and APPLY the new communism. This doesn’t just mean direct political work and outreach, which, once again, is very important. Taking up and applying this work means—in a BROADER sense—applying the understanding represented by BA and the new communism to understanding and changing reality. Very importantly, this includes sharing observations/ideas/questions and thoughts—about what you are learning and the material you are studying; about developments, changes and trends in society (and the world overall); about ways and openings to promote this revolution and its leadership; about how people (those you know and people more broadly) are viewing and discussing different things going on in society/the world, what this reveals about openings for revolution and jolts in society but also the need to transform people’s thinking; about major events and developments in music and the arts... just to give a few examples.

These are all VERY IMPORTANT contributions to the revolutionary process, and it would be wrong to think otherwise.

So, let me end this where I began: This process we have embarked on has been—and will continue to be—deeply meaningful, really exciting, and a lot of fun. And this is a crucial part of actually participating in and contributing to the process of building for the revolution that is so urgently needed.

THE NEW COMMUNISM

The science, the strategy, the leadership for an actual revolution, and a radically new society on the road to real emancipation, by Bob Avakian

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You Can’t Change the World If You Don’t Know the BAsics

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Every week, revcom.us features quotes from BAsics, by Bob Avakian, the handbook for revolution. This week we have a set of three quotes. We encourage Revolution Clubs and other readers, everywhere, to take the time to discuss the quotes—the whole quotes—and to write us at revolution.reports@yahoo.com with accounts of these discussions, or thoughts provoked in yourself by reading the quotes.

 

Basics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian

BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian

"You can't change the world if you don't know the BAsics."

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The Question That Wasn't Asked At the BEB Climate Forum (Democratic Party Division)

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This is the question that was not asked at the CNN/BEB Climate Forum for the Democratic Party presidential candidates:

“What will you do about the fact that—owing to the blood-soaked capitalist-imperialist domination and plunder of the planet by the U.S. —it would take five earths to provide resources adequate for a standard of living for the rest of the world equivalent to that of Americans?”

The only true answer from any of the BEB candidates to that question would have been:

“Nothing!  Because restructuring the U.S. in relation to the rest of the world with the aim of overcoming the oppression of one nation by another would require a revolution to overthrow this system and bring in a totally new political and economic structure.  So, we would rather that hundreds of millions and even billions around the planet perish in ecological disaster and we would rather risk the web of life itself than for that to happen. 

“Now fuck you and let us get back to our jobs of corralling and domesticating dissent with the promises, posturing, and obfuscation of BEB .... while the planet burns.”

Which is why that question was not asked.

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The Most Recent Heinous Crimes Carried Out by Democratic Presidents or Congresses: A Chart

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