“The ‘voting trap’ under capitalism”
Bob Avakian on the elections: no matter who wins, we lose.
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- 7 months ago
The “voting trap” under capitalism - 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 United States. 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 www.revolutiontalk.net
Reposted from revcom.us: Take Out BAsics 1:3
Challenge the Elections Assault with Truth About This System
“The essence of what exists in the U.S. is not democracy but capitalism-imperialism and political structures to enforce that capitalism-imperialism. What the U.S. spreads around the world is not democracy, but imperialism and political structures to enforce that imperialism.”
As we go into September, it’s time to make plans to get this month’s quote from BAsics, 1:3, out onto campuses and broadly into society. Get together with others to think about and discuss this quote—and make plans to put it into the hands of many, many people.
- 8 months ago
One of the things that I see, something that I haven’t lost sight of, is this: I see all the strength of the ruling class, but I also see all the way through all this shit, all the contradictions in society—I actually see a force in this society that, if it were developed into a revolutionary people, actually could have a go at it, could have a real chance of making a revolution, or being the backbone force of a revolution, when the conditions were ripe. I see a force of millions and millions and millions—youth and others—for whom this system is a horror: It isn’t going to take some cataclysmic crisis for this system to be fucking over them. The ruling class, ironically, sees them too. It is those who once had but have lost—or those who never had—a revolutionary perspective…it is they who can’t see this.”
—Bob Avakian’s BAsics, Chapter 6 Supplement: “The Revolutionary Potential of the Masses and the Responsibility of the Vanguard
On the way to an outing two people stopped to ask for directions early in the morning. They pulled up to a corner where migrant workers were waiting. People from Mexico and Africa waiting for work saw the car and approached thinking it was an opportunity for work. “These guys are pushing each other and fighting each other to open the door,” The volunteer described through tears, “waiting to be exploited.”
It was hard to find the words to describe this, but very clear that a system that creates these kinds of situations needs to get the fuck out of the way of humanity. And the fact that we have a leader like Bob Avakian, that sees all the way through all this shit, means the masses have a chance.
Capitalism has proven itself not only to fail people in the U.S., but to fail people EVERYWHERE! The system has failed us, from poor families struggling to survive in the ghettos, to LGBT adolescents struggling with basic acceptance and equality, to workers trying to keep their right to a fair wage and collective bargaining, to ordinary citizens struggling for human rights. If a system fails and doesn’t govern or work for the good of the people, then it needs to be replaced. It has lost its legitimacy by not working for the common good. There is a better way, and it is coming.
A young man who came into a Revolution Books to contribute $50 after receiving a phone call about the BAsics Bus Tour
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