Announcing an Important Talk:
"Where We Are in the Revolution"
Reprinted from | Revolution | revcom.us
Editor's Note: We are helping to publicize this important talk that anyone who is burning with a desire for a radically different world should attend and wrangle with others with similar goals over these questions. Most people today think that the very idea of revolutionary change is outlandish, if they even dare to entertain the idea, even as some who think it impossible fervently wish that it wasn't. The people who rule this country, however, do not regard revolution as impossible. Indeed, as Dennis Loo has written at this website in many different articles, if those who rule thought that the masses of people were incapable of raising their heads up and becoming emancipators of humanity, then our rulers would not be trying systematically and relentlessly to prevent dissent and political upheaval through unprecedented laws and policies that annihilate core civil liberties. They would not dub people "terrorists!" for exercising their rights to free speech and assembly. They would not be spying on literally everyone and viciously going after whistleblowers who uncover the truth of what our government is actually doing and whose revelations prove authorities to be shameless liars committing grave crimes in our names. Our rulers would not be operating in the unsupervised, unaccountable, and authoritarian manner that they have been doing. The planet is being destroyed and the system and its leaders and authorities ask us to ignore the signs and go on as if nothing serious were happening. Nothing serious?! The very planet is being destroyed! These are times that demand that those who are the most aware of what's going on step up to answer the call. The world awaits. The future beckons. Who will answer the call?
The world needs a revolution. We need a radically new way of living, of relating to each other and the environment. People are needlessly suffering and dying every single day on account of this system. This must STOP—and it can stop.
But it can stop only if this capitalist-imperialist system is radically overturned and something new is brought into being. That requires a revolution. We need a whole new state power—one which will mobilize and back up masses of people in transforming society out of the madness of today and toward actual human emancipation. We need a new state power which could organize an economy to meet the people's material needs at the same time as it overcomes exploitation and inequality, and does so without plundering and warring on other nations or destroying the planet. We need a new state power which not only leads people to overcome and abolish the class divisions and inequalities that exist between groups of people, but to get rid of the oppressive institutions like white supremacy and male domination, and get beyond the ways of thinking that back up the rotten, backward order of today. The ultimate goal of this revolution and this new state power is communism: a world where people work and struggle together for the common good... where everyone contributes whatever they can to society and gets back what they need to live a life worthy of human beings... where there are no more divisions among the people in which some rule over and oppress others, robbing them not only of the means to a decent life but also of knowledge and a means for really understanding, and acting to change, the world.
This May an important talk will be given in several major cities addressing how this could be done. This talk will dig into the strategy for making that revolution—seizing power—right here in the U.S. as our share in and as the first step towards struggling for such a world. While it is not yet time to actually go for the all-out seizure of power—the conditions to do so, which require a deep crisis in society and people in their millions having been won to the goal of revolution, do not yet exist—the talk will lay out how things could be brought to that point, through a combination of developments in the world and the active work of the movement for revolution, with the Party as its leading core. The talk will specifically discuss the movement today in relation to getting to that goal—including what must be done right now to propel things further toward the day when such a struggle could be launched, and how to make everything we're doing now contribute to that. It will get into the need to strengthen the leading core for this revolution, the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, led by Bob Avakian.
If you have ever hungered for a way out of this suffering and madness... if you care about justice... if you today or at any time have thought we need a better world but despaired that such a world could be achieved... come to this talk. As Bob Avakian has said:
Revolution is not an impossible dream. It is not "unrealistic." Changing all of society, changing the whole world, is not a crazy or dangerous idea. What is crazy, and dangerous, is going along with the way things are, and where things are heading, under this system. Revolution—a radical change in how society works, how we relate as human beings, what our values are, how we understand the world and act to affect it—this is what we, what people all over the world, desperately need. And it is a lot more realistic than trying to "fix" this system.
Come to this talk. Find out about this revolution, and where we are in the process of making this revolution. Learn how to become part of emancipating humanity.
"Where We Are in the Revolution"
An Important talk from the Revolutionary Communist Party sponsored by Revolution Books in these areas. It has been scheduled for the following dates:
New York: Saturday, May 10, 5-9 pm
West Park Presbyterian
Church 165 W 86 St (at Amsterdam Ave)
New York, NY 10024
Chicago: Monday, May 12, 7 pm
(Doors open at 6:30,
Program begins promptly at 7 pm)
637 S. Dearborn (just south of Harrison, 1 block west of Red Line Harrison stop)
$10 donation requested (no one will be turned away if you can't pay)
San Francisco Bay Area: Thursday, May 15
Pacific Film Archive Center, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
(UC Berkeley campus, one block east of Telegraph on Bancroft Way. Take Bart to downtown Berkeley station, take AC Transit buses 51B or 49 on Shattuck to the corner of Durant and Bowditch, walk north one block on Bowditch one block to Bancroft Way. )
Los Angeles: Saturday, May 17, 6 pm
We ARE Building a Movement for Revolution
and Building the Party as Its Leading Core.
Stay tuned for more information.
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[F]ree market fundamentalism - also known as neoliberalism - makes us not more secure or prosperous: it tears the social fabric and undermines security, leading inevitably to disasters on the individual, regional, and global levels.
Neoliberalism is based on the mantra that market forces should run everything. It aims to eliminate job and income security, the social safety net (including welfare and other social guarantees), unions, pensions, public services, and the governmental regulation of corporations. It consequently undermines the basis for people to voluntarily cooperate with authority as almost everyone is increasingly left by themselves to face gargantuan private interests, with governmental and corporate authority ever more indifferent to the public’s welfare.
Those in charge of our collective fates in government and business personify a heartless system based on profit and plunder. They have been relentlessly instituting profoundly immoral and unjust policies even while they insist that they are doing the opposite. We, on the other hand, stand for and are fighting for a radically different system and set of values than this.
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Defeating the empire is not something that occurs only on the literal battlefield. It is also something that is determined throughout the continuum of battles over many issues, including: ideas; philosophy; forms of organization and leadership in economy, politics, and other realms; ways of arguing; ways of responding to and respecting empirical data; interest in truth as opposed to expedience; how people and the environment should be treated; the nature of relations among people (e.g., between women and men, different races and ethnicities, rich and poor countries, etc.); ways of responding to criticism and ideas that are not your own; ways of handling one’s own errors and those of others; and more, all the way up through how warfare is carried out. The contrast between the methods and goals of the neoliberals and those of us who seek an entirely different world is stark. (Globalization and the Demolition of Society, Pp. 326-7)