BIRDS CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO CROCODILES, BUT HUMANITY CAN SOAR BEYOND THE HORIZON PART 1: REVOLUTION AND THE STATE - Tues. 4-26-11


Tuesday April 26 at 7 pm

Presentation & Discussion

Continuing our discussion of "BIRDS CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO CROCODILES, BUT HUMANITY CAN SOAR BEYOND THE HORIZON" by Bob Avakian, we will focus in on two sections (excerpted in Revolution # 227 and #228), "Constitutions and Laws, Property Relations and Class Interests", and "Bourgeois Political Philosophy, Its Limitations and Distortions.

Turning his scrutiny once again to the "founding fathers" of the US, like Paine and Madison, Avakian shows how even the most far-sighted and radical (for their time) of these founders of the new US order saw things from the underlying framework of the emerging, oppressive capitalist relations of their time - which they then idealized and made into "universal" principles.  Avakian also once again digs further into some key questions having to do with the exercise of political power in capitalist society.  Law itself, far from being something above social antagonisms and interests,   reflects and enforces the dominant property (and fundamentally production) relations of society.  And going further, he points to how in socialist society, with radically different laws, serving fundamentally liberatory production and social relations, laws will both enforce rights and also exert coercion.  This will ultimately be overcome only with communism.  

All of this is extremely relevant in deepening our understanding of the nature of political power in this society, and in understanding and digging deeper into the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal).  

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