Edited transcript of a talk given by Bob Avakian, Fall 2009
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HOW LONG MUST THIS NIGHTMARE OF OPPRESSION & BRUTALITY GO ON?
Not God, Not "Unchanging Human Nature," Not Conspiracy...
A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING REALITY
WHY THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE... THEY HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY... THEY CAN BE RADICALLY CHANGED
• The USA: Founded on Slavery & Genocide
• The Oppression of Women: Bound Up With This System . . . a Driving Force for Revolution
• The Revolutionary Potential of Those Most Oppressed Requires Scientific Leadership
A RADICALLY DIFFERENT AND FAR BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE
WE NEED A REVOLUTION TO OVERCOME ALL OPPRESSIVE DIVISIONS
• We Need a Real Revolution, Not Better Democracy Under This System
• Socialism Is Three Things
• Above All, Socialism Is a Transition to Communism: A New Synthesis
REMIND ME: "WHICH SYSTEM, CAPITALISM OR COMMUNISM, IS THE NIGHTMARE FOR HUMANITY?"
THE ELECTION HUSTLE: "IF THEY DRAW YOU IN, THEY WIN"
• As Bad As Bush Was...Obama Is Even Worse
• Seizing on Contradictions of the System to Prepare for Revolution
• Bourgeois Democratic Intellectuals Thinking Like Serfs Unable to Imagine a Different World
INTERNATIONALISM – THE WHOLE WORLD COMES FIRST
EMANCIPATING HUMANITY...TRANSFORMING CONDITIONS & TRANSFORMING HUMAN NATURE
REVOLUTION IS POSSIBLE: THE STRATEGY FOR REVOLUTION
A REVOLUTIONARY SITUATION...THE ROLE OF YOUTH...& HOW TO WORK TODAY SO THAT THERE IS A REVOLUTIONARY FORCE WHEN THAT TIME COMES
COULD WE REALLY WIN...REALLY?
RESISTING THE BRAINWASH – A RADICAL REVOLT AGAINST A REVOLTING CULTURE
PEOPLE ARE SYSTEMATICALLY MIS-EDUCATED UNDER THIS SYSTEM
SCIENTIFIC COMMUNIST LEADERSHIP – THE ROSETTA STONE WE NEED TO WIN
• Straight Talk on BA
THE CHALLENGE: REVOLUTION – NOTHING LESS!"You can't change the world if you don't know the BAsics." BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian is a book of quotations and short essays that speaks powerfully to questions of revolution and human emancipation.
At the beginning of 2012, an in-depth interview with Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, was conducted over a period of several days by A. Brooks, a younger- generation revolutionary who has been inspired by the leadership and body of work of Bob Avakian and the new synthesis of communism this has brought forward.
Click the cover to read, print, or download a PDF of the interview. "[Avakian] shows us the revolutionary potential of finally doing away with all gods and what such a new world could look like."
— Synergy Magazine
Click the book cover for table of contents... awards... reviews... order at Insight Press. "[H]is powerful story of commitment is timely."— Cornel West
Click the book cover to listen to Bob Avakian read from his memoir or order the book at Insight Press.
In October 2012, revolution crackled on the airwaves when the Smiley & West radio show on Public Radio International (PRI) across the country aired an interview of Bob Avakian by Cornel West, a prominent public intellectual. The interview is sharp and wide-ranging, challenging and inspiring.
Five-part interview with Bob Avakian that aired in January-February 2013. The interview ranges widely over key questions that confront humanity today—and makes a compelling case that nothing short of revolution can deal with the immense and unnecessary suffering people face on this planet.
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"All Played Out"
Words by Bob Avakian
Music by William Parker
"If you don’t have a poetic spirit – or at least a poetic side – it is very dangerous for you to lead a Marxist movement or be the leader of a socialist state." — Bob Avakian
Excerpted from formal talks as well as more informal discussions with BA, this collection provides important, fresh, and provocative insights and provokes further creative and critical thinking on art, culture, science, philosophy... and revolution.
Click the book cover to read excerpt, or order at Insight Press. AUDIO: 7 Talks by Bob Avakian starting with "Why We're in the Situation We're in Today... And What to Do About It: A Thoroughly Rotten System and the Need for Revolution" plus Q&A Bob Avakian takes on the ideals of Jeffersonianism, and convincingly locates even its "loftiest aspirations" in social relations of exploitation and oppression—the social relations out of which those ideals grew, and which they served and continue to serve, and convincingly points the way to a vision and future that is truly emancipatory.
Click the book cover to read, or order from RCP Publications.