"There is an urgent need for this new synthesis to be taken up, broadly, in this society and in the world as a whole: everywhere people are questioning why things are the way they are, and whether a different world is possible; everywhere people are talking about “revolution” but have no real understanding of what revolution means, no scientific approach to analyzing and dealing with what they are up against and what needs to be done; everywhere people are rising up in rebellion but are hemmed in, let down and left to the mercy of murderous oppressors, or misled onto paths which only reinforce, often with barbaric brutality, the enslaving chains of tradition; everywhere people need a way out of their desperate conditions, but do not see the source of their suffering and the path forward out of the darkness."
"Why am I—why is my body of work, and method and
approach—important? Because this is bringing forward an
advanced understanding, a heightened understanding, of
what revolution and communism are all about and how to
move toward the objective of revolution and communism, as
well as a method for engaging and struggling through the
contradictions that are inevitably going to be encountered
in that process.…"
"My dear brother Bob Avakian... is the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party.... He is one of the few coming out of the 60's who never sold out, he never caved in, he never gave up, held on to his forging of a rigorous, scientific analysis of the objective realities that are driven by a revolutionary love – because he has such a deep love for poor people, oppressed people, all around the world. Whether you agree or disagree with our brother, one thing you cannot deny: that he is the real thing. No doubt about it."
Cornel West, introducing his interview with Bob Avakian on the Smiley & West radio show (October 5, 2012)
March 21, 2016
This is the text of a talk that was given at the BA Everywhere fundraising dinners around the country on the weekend of March 18-20.
Welcome. If you care about the horrific state of the world, if you yearn for humanity to be free, you are in the right place. Today we are going to kick off the BA Everywhere campaign for 2016. Dinners like this are happening in cities all over the country. People like us are coming together to break bread and build community for the thing that matters most of all—giving people the opportunity to be a part of making the leadership of Bob Avakian and the new synthesis of communism that he has brought forward—the scientific approach to the revolution we need—known everywhere. For this is a way out of the madness and brutal oppression and exploitation that has plagued humanity for millennia. BA Everywhere is a mass campaign to involve hundreds and thousands of people working together to raise the big money necessary to make this revolutionary science and the leadership of Bob Avakian known so that everywhere people are questioning why the world is the horror it is, everywhere they are raising their heads and fighting back, so they know about, discuss, debate, get into, and can take this up and transform themselves and the world.
March 21, 2016
A group of immigrant readers writes about their experiences.
March 21, 2016
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, Chairman, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
A Must-See Film!
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.