“Revolutionary Leadership and Responsibility” – Discussion of Chapter 6 of Basics 5-24-11 Tues. 7 pm Revolution Books

Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm
“Revolutionary Leadership and Responsibility”
Discussion & Presentation of Chapter 6 of
Basics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian

Share your favorite quotes and dig into why:

  • “...the more highly organized and centralized the party was, the more it was a real vanguard organization of revolutionaries, the greater will be the role and initiative of the masses in revolutionary struggle....Nowhere has such a [proletarian] revolution been made without such a party and nowhere has the lack of such a party contributed to unleashing the initiative of the masses of the oppressed in conscious revolutionary struggle.”  (From #1, p. 179)
  • “Somebody asked the question of did I think that as a white male I could actually lead the revolution. Well, the answer is no, not as a white male—but I think I could play a leading role in it as a communist.” (#10, p. 186)
  • Why am I—why is my body of work, and method and approach—important? Because this is bringing forward an advanced understanding, a heightened understanding, of what revolution and communism are all about and how to move toward the objective of revolution and communism, as well as a method for engaging and struggling through the contradictions that are inevitably going to be encountered in that process.”   (#11, p. 186)
  • “When I look at all this, I think again of my friend who decided to dedicate his life to ending cancer–and of the even greater need to put an end to the system of capitalism-imperialism and all the suffering and oppression this system embodies and enforces throughout the world. You see that there isn’t anything more important that your life could be about...” (#18, p. 194)

“BAsics, from the Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian” is a book of quotations and short essays that concentrates 30 years of Avakian's work on questions of revolution and human emancipation.  Journalist Herb Boyd calls BAsics:
“...a fundamental primer on revolution and into the imaginative and gifted political mind of Bob Avakian.”