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Date Thursday October 08
Time 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location Details
Lipman Room, 8th floor of Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorRevolution Books
This fall teams of revolutionaries will be hitting campuses around the country—challenging those who have been lied to about communism, those who have been told that the horror of this capitalist-imperialist system is "the best of all possible worlds."

A centerpiece of these efforts to bring revolution to the campuses will be a major speech by Raymond Lotta. Lotta's speech will be substantive and potentially transformative for all who hear it, and it must be made a VERY BIG DEAL. The buzz should spread about a revolutionary who is serious about overturning the verdict on communism and has the facts, the analysis, and the passionate commitment to humanity's liberation to back it up. Those who are attracted to the idea of communism but who've been told "it can never work" should know this is the place to come and ask their toughest questions. Opposition from reactionaries should be turned around and made part of the growing controversy and sense that Lotta's speech must be heard and engaged. All those who consider themselves progressive critics of the current order but who use their "radical" or even "Marxist" credentials to rule real revolution off the table should be compelled—by the overall atmosphere and expectations created campus-wide—to bring their best arguments and put them up against what Lotta will have to say.

The following is the leaflet announcing Lotta's talk University of California, Berkeley. Come into Revoluion Books to pick up copies of this leaflet and spread the word:

Capitalism is a failure...Revolution is the solution
a talk by Raymond Lotta

Thursday, October 8, 2009
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Lipman Room, 8th floor of Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

You need to hear Raymond Lotta.
Because you’ve been lied to about communism.

You need to hear Raymond Lotta.
Because society does not have to be this way.

We can create a world in which there is no exploitation. A world in which people can live cooperatively and solve problems collectively. A world where individuals can flourish.

But wait a minute…isn’t communism a totalitarian nightmare? Don’t all the textbooks and experts and memoirs agree?

No, you’ve been fed distortions about communism…
By the same people who told you that the war in Iraq was about weapons of mass destruction…
And by liberal and even some progressive scholars who don’t want to see the world turned upside down.

This is about the nightmare and horror that is THIS system.
This is about the future of humanity and the future of the planet.

You need to hear Raymond Lotta
Because the new generation needs to learn about the actual and emancipating history of socialism in the 20th century.
And we need to go further and do better in the next round of communist revolution.

Raymond Lotta is bringing revolution to Berkeley and other campuses this Fall.

Indicting this whole system of capitalism-imperialism as utterly unreformable and unredeemable. Talking about the why the future of communist revolution is both viable and desirable because of the leadership and ongoing role of Bob Avakian.

If you yearn for a radically different world and want to learn about why communism will be a far better world…you need to hear Raymond Lotta

If you want to defend this system and uphold the distortions about socialism, you should there be there too…because Raymond Lotta is taking on all comers.


In October 2008, when the global banking system was facing possible collapse, the Agence France-Presse went to the German finance minister, a former U.S. Treasury official, and Raymond Lotta for comment. Raymond Lotta is a Maoist political economist and communist revolutionary. His book America in Decline was reviewed in Foreign Affairs. He has given talks at UCLA, Harvard, Howard, as well as in London and Mexico, about socialist revolution in the 20th century. An activist-scholar, Raymond has been part of antiglobalization conferences and protests in India, the Philippines, and Canada.
Added to the calendar on Monday Oct 5th, 2009 11:53 AM
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