Part 2 Discussion: on The Cultural Revolution in China, Sun., March 18, 3 PM
Join Michael Slate on Sun., March 18th, 3 PM
- Part 2 on "The Cultural Revolution in China"
many times have you heard this -
"Communism is a good idea but it doesn't work and Socialism was a horror when it did exist." This is just a lie! Unfortunately, it's a lie that has a lot of credence in the world today and one that weighs heavily on what many people even
possible in terms of fundamentally changing the world.
As John Lennon once put it, "Gimme some Truth!"
that's what we'll be doing on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 PM, when
Revolution Books/Libros Revolución hosts the second of the wide- ranging
and deep 2-part discussion of "The Cultural Revolution in China...Art and Culture...Dissent and Ferment...and Carrying Forward the Revolution Toward Communism,"
an excerpt from an interview with Bob Avakian, Chairman of the
Revolutionary Communist Party, by Michael Slate in 2004. This excerpt was recently transcribed andpublished in Revolution newspaper.
The truth is that the first
stage of Communist
revolution, which began
with the Paris Commune
1871, continued with the revolution in Russia
in 1917, and ended with
the 1976 coup that
overthrew Socialism in
many remarkable - and previously considered
impossible - achievements in
the quality of human life and the quest to carry the revolution through to
total human emancipation, Communism. Secondarily there were errors,
even serious errors, made in these Socialist societies. The Cultural
Revolution in China was the high point of revolutionary struggle at that
time but it wasn't able to take things as far as they need to go nor
able to prevent the overthrow of Socialism. And still, the bigger truth
remains: humanity needs - now more than ever - Communism.
Bob Avakian has studied
deeply the experiences of Socialism, positive
and negative, and has
drawn from a broad embrace of human experience,
and out of this has developed a new synthesis of communism that opens
the door to making
further advances towards a truly emancipated world.
This is what is concentrated in this interview segment - an examination of
experience of Socialism, especially the Cultural Revolution, and a
concentration of Avakian's New Synthesis.
Join us on Sunday, March 18
at 3 PM, after the L.A. Marathon is over.
Michael Slate will lead the
second of the two-part discussion to dig into
this interview. Slate is a
writer for Revolution newspaper and host of
The Michael Slate Show on KPFK, 90.7 FM .We will be discussing the
sections beginning with "Questions of Art and Culture, Matters of Viewpoint and Method". (Bob Avakian will not be present.) Read the
nuanced and wide-ranging interview at revcom.us here, or pick up copies
at the bookstore.
7 PM - Fundraising Dinner for Revolution Books! Enjoy good food and great conversations, and
help raise much- needed funds for the rent, and an additional $1,000 for
the Festival of Books booth, our busiest book event of the year.
Received in an email:
Multi-Family Yard Sale for BA Everywhere
Campaign, Sat., March 17th, 9 AM - 3 PM
Eagle Rock (will postpone if it rains)
to all who donated yard sale items, time and
energy to last month's very successful yard sale! We raised over $1,000, and had fun (and yes,
need lots more donations of appliances, items for babies, jewelry, etc.
to replenish the many things that were sold. (We have plenty of
clothes for adults and glassware.) Contact us if you have items to drop off or need to be picked up.
also need more volunteers for this busy sale, especially for 7-9 AM set
up, and 3-5 PM clean up, as well as Friday, March 16th preparation in
the evening. Contact us if you can spend an hour, a half day, or a
whole day contributing to this vital campaign.
Everywhere - Imagine the Difference It Could Make is a campaign aimed
at raising big money to project Bob Avakian's voice and works throughout
society - to make BA a household word. The
campaign is reaching out to those who are deeply discontented with what
is going on in the world, and stirring up discussion and debate about
the problem and solution. It is challenging the conventional wisdom that
this capitalist system is the best humanity can do-and bringing to life
the reality that with the new synthesis of communism brought forward by
BA, there is a viable vision and strategy for a radically new, and much
better, society and world, and there is the leadership that is needed
for the struggle toward that