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Presentation on New Synthesis: Re-envisioning Revolution and Communism

Saturday, March 22, 2008
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Event Type:
Revolution Books
2425 Channing Way(off of Telegraph Ave)
Location Details:
Black Reperatory Theatre 3201 Adeline St Berkeley, CA (1 block south of the Ashby BART station) $10 sliding scale admission

Revolution Books presents: Re-Envisioning Revolution and Communism: What is Bob Avakian's New Synthesis?Presentation followed by discussion. ON A PLANET WHERE BILLIONS LIVE A DAY AWAY FROM STARVATION...where the lives of millions of children are cut short by curable diseases...where brutal wars grind on in Iraq and Afghanistan and hellholes like Guantanamo stay open for business..where nooses spring up like weeds,immigrants are hunted and the availability of abortion is rapidly disappearing...where youth are either treated like criminals or commodities.. and where all of this is totally UNNECESSARY---the world badly needs revolution. Revolutionary state power will set about ending these horrors and meeting the pressing needs of the people.But a truly emancipatory socialism must do more than that. It must lay the basis and take concrete steps,towards a society where people consciously change the world and themselves ,in a society of freely associating human beings and where the need for any kind of state has been surpassed. In that light, Bob Avakian has done path-breaking work to go beyond event the best of the previous socialist societies and re-envision a socialism that is both visionary and viable. His new synthesis has tackled a whole realm of questions, including: HOW DOES THE NEW REVOLUTIONARY POWER MAINTAIN POWER AND maintain it as a power worth keeping? How does it not just survive in a world dominated by imperialism,but also do that as a base area for further revolutions? WHAT WOULD BE THE ROLE OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS,civil society, and politics outside of the purview of the state?What would be the role of a constitution and elections? Why would this re-envisioned society not only tolerate,but foster dissent? WHAT WOULD THE RELATION BETWEEN SCIENTISTS,ARTISTS,AND INTELLECTUALS, carrying out urgent work to meet the most pressing needs of society and at the same time pursuing work,experimentation, and exploration not tied to those kinds of immediate goals? How would the age old division between those who work with ideas and those who are locked out of that overcome--in a way that does not sacrifice but actually enhances vibrancy and intellectual ferment throughout society in an unprecedented ways? WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF A FEARLESS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE TRUTH and what have been the shortcomings and blunders in regard to this in the communist movement as it developed? HOW DOES THIS NEW SYNTHESIS BOTH CONTINUE ON THE PATH FIRST CHARTED BY MARX,LENIN AND MAO- AND YET GO BEYOND IT, IN NEW AND CRUCIAL WAYS? Come hear this presentation and wrangle over all of this. Bob Avakian is the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party,USA.And he is more than that: he's an innovative and critical thinker who has taken Marxism to a new place;he's a provocative commentator on everything from basketball to religion,doo-wop music to science, and he's a pit bull fighter against oppression who's kept both his solemn sense of purpose and his irrepressible sense of humor. *Bob Avakian will not be in attendance at this event.
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