Statements by Professors Participating in the Oct. 17 UCLA Event:
Juan Gomez-Quinones, Professor of History, UCLA and Author:
"Come join Plato - Walk into the Sunlight*
As a professor teaching materials on social movements, I would propose and ask the following:
BA Speaks: REVOLUTION - NOTHING LESS! is about a better world nothing less - a world we could imagine as better than this one. In this film BA (Bob Avakian) makes a call to consider the present and imagine the future differently from our everyday perspective, different from the angle of many of our usual teachers in required classes and required texts. This film is about us - nothing less.
If we stand back and see our society, the world on the news and even our own lives-we feel contradictory pressures of job, school or the environments, even our friends. In sum we feel the anxiety for the future: Will there be a future? We ask: What kind of future do I want? Why is there violence everywhere? Why does poverty spread and racism continue and why do more and more people engage in violence? In a class, we may ask: Why don't we ever discuss, even argue about the present or the future?
BA Speaks: Revolution - Nothing Less! offers you one set of glasses to see, offers you one voice to hear critically. It challenges you to be a real person along with other real persons willing to say a different, better world is possible. This stance and awareness is critical thinking, taking charge to end the madness of the world as it is, try changing yourself and the world."
*The title refers to a statement by someone who was at BA Speaks: Revolution - Nothing Less! Bob Avakian Live and related it to Plato's allegory of the cave "in which Socrates describes a group of people who have been chained to the wall of a cave all their lives, facing the stone" and only see the world in shadows, that's as close to reality as they come. The writer goes on, "Socrates tells us that the philosopher is like a prisoner freed from the cave, who can step outside, at last, in the freshness of truth, the real world. Bob Avakian's analysis breaks apart the small frame work in which we are manipulated." Read entire statement and what others are saying about BA and BA Speaks: Revolution - Nothing Less! at revcom.us