THERE IS NO “PERMANENT NECESSITY” FOR THINGS TO BE THIS WAY A RADICALLY DIFFERENT AND BETTER WORLD CAN BE BROUGHT INTO BEING THROUGH REVOLUTION
*During this “election season,” the title of this article keeps coming to mind.
Reposted from Revolution #194, March 7, 2010
Editors’ Note: The following are points made by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, in a recent exchange with other comrades. This has been edited for publication here.
One of the more important statements in the Manifesto from our Party (Communism: The Beginning of a New Stage) is the quote from Marx: “Once the inner connection is grasped, all theoretical belief in the permanent necessity of existing conditions breaks down before their collapse in practice.” This is not just a matter of abstract theory—it has a broader effect. That belief weighs heavily on people who don’t like the way things are—they are weighed down by a belief in the “permanent necessity of existing conditions.” Over and over we are confronted by the fact that people can’t see beyond the way things are now.
This has to do with the importance of constantly wrangling with what a revolutionary situation would look like and how a revolution could actually be made. There is a point in “Out Into the World—As A Vanguard of the Future” on grappling with what a revolutionary situation would look like.1 We need to give people a really living sense of what we mean by “hastening while awaiting” the emergence of a revolutionary situation. And this is linked to the point that what we’re doing is building a movement for revolution and letting people know what we think that revolution would look like.
Arizona’s “show me your papers” law goes into effect today. The Charlotteobserver.com writes that “There, according to a recent report by the National Immigration Law Center, an immigrant advocacy group, law enforcement officers have created an “environment of racial profiling” that has encouraged private citizens to discriminate and abuse people they regard as foreign.”
Why do people come here from all over the world? - Check out this clip from “Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About, a film of a talk by Bob Avakian” given in 2003 in the U.S. Bob Avakian is the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. This talk, followed by questions and answers, is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey, covering many topics. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. It is full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness; it will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight. Watch the entire film online at http://revolutiontalk.net
Reposted from Revolution #278, August 19, 2012
From the Road: Voices from the BAsics Bus Tour…
Interview with Sc, BAsics Bus Tour volunteer, middle-aged Black man
Revolution: Maybe you could just start with the story of how you first met the movement for revolution and got introduced to BA. Maybe you could talk a little bit about what that experience was like?
Sc: Well, I first got into the movement after I heard Avakian do “All Played Out.” That was the original thing that got me into it. And when I heard that, it was more or less like: this man has been saying things that I’ve been thinking about and thought about for many years. And he put it all in an 11-minute [spoken word] thing. And so after that, I got more involved with the bookstore in my town, which got me more into who he was, as opposed to what he was about, and about the movement for revolution. And so, after that, I was convinced to buy the BAsics book [BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian]. And when I started reading it, I just couldn’t put it down. I probably read the whole book in about two days… [I thought,] “Oh, OK, this very much says a lot to answer a lot of questions for me throughout life about a lot of things.” And so, later on, I started investigating more of his other works, his memoir, I also got to reading that. And more and more—I started to get more within the movement. ‘Cause there is a very great need in this country for a change in the system. The system…with police brutality, with a lot of families who have lost their children to our so-called legal system, which is supposed to serve and protect, but—as Avakian says—they only serve and protect their interests, to serve and protect the status quo, so to speak, their own agenda, and really not anything to do with the people they’re supposed to serve and protect…
I lost my sister through police brutality.
Reposting this video. Show this video to friends and family, co-workers, etc. Encourage people to contribute to the BAsics Bus Tour - basicsbustour.tumblr.com and the BA Everywhere… Imagine The Difference It Can Make! Campaign and to involve everyone in building this movement for revolution. There have been three BAsics Bus Tours now — all spreading the vision and works of Bob Avakian — the revolutionary leader who has developed a new synthesis of communism and involving people in this movement for revolution. BAsics is a book of quotations and essays which speaks to the essential questions of revolution and communism in this millennium. This video is of the May leg of this Tour which traveled from Atlanta to Sanford, FL. and the national movement which supported the tour and it’s goals. Find out more and contribute at basicsbustour.tumblr.com.