The far left is rising in America, and radical communists are being drawn to Ferguson protests all over the nation. They are hoping the Ferguson event will lead to the revolution they desire and their goals, for some reason, are being supported by our administration and the administrations in several states and cities including New York City.
They are a minority in terms of numbers but they are also dangerous.
America has changed.
About 49% of young people age 18 to 29 have a favorable view of socialism which, as we know, is the pathway to communism.
By now, anyone following the Ferguson riots/protests has seen the signs from revcom.us which stands for the Revolutionary Communist Party. We have some of them pictured below.
The party is led by an ex-domestic terrorist from the 1970’s named Bob Avakian.
Our ideology is Marxism-Leninism-Maoism
Our vanguard is the Revolutionary Communist Party
Our leader is Chairman Bob Avakian
So states the Revolutionary Communist Party USA (rev com us), the small Maoist organization known for Revolution book stores.
They have a website, a newspaper and Chairman Avakian is a ubiquitous pamphleteer.
Mao Zedong’s China was “wondrous,” according to Avakian’s autobiography, and, despite the show trials, mass purges, and other acts of tyranny that Avakian acknowledges, Joseph Stalin had “an overall positive historical role,” reported KeyWiki.
Chairman Avakian is a first generation Armenian-American, son of a lawyer. He joined up with the radical leftist group, Students for a Democratic Society, which had a hundred thousand members at the time (about 1969).
Their politics are anti-capitalist, anti-religion, anti-imperialist, Marxist and anarchist.
Three groupings emerged from this one poisonous root.
One was the Progressive Labor Party a Maoist group; another was the Weathermen, Maoist and third-world revolutionary nationalists; and the third was the Revolutionary Youth Movement or Revolutionary Union which began in San Francisco Bay under the leadership of Jane Franklin, Bruce Franklin, and Bob Avakian, according to KeyWiki.
In 2008, Avakian wrote a book which I would rather not publicize here. It traces his journey to revolutionary communist.
He believes we can learn from the mistakes of the USSR and China and have a powerful dictatorship in the United States that will provide for all.
His views are aligned with and enmeshed in the world revolutionary struggle. He hopes to expand the Marxist understanding of dictatorship and democracy. He sees the socialist state as a transitional period to communism and explores ways to continue the revolution in that direction, even if it means “going to the brink of being drawn and quartered” in terms of maintaining proletarian dictatorship.
He doesn’t want “continuous cultural revolutions until communism”, rather he hopes to promote the clash of ideas and widespread debate among the masses to the point of losing the state to “fit the masses to rule” as Marx would say.
He believes that Lenin’s ideas on how to build a revolutionary movement is the way to go. In other words, break down the barriers to the masses taking up communism so a significant number of people will fight for the revolution.
In 2008, a Boston Globe article covered Bob Avakian the author but without his cooperation. Avakian stays hidden and acts as if he’s so important that he has to stay in hiding. It creates a certain mystique.
He hasn’t been wanted since 1982.
When his book came out in about 2008, an ad for it read, “Dangerous times demand courageous voices. Bob Avakian is such a voice.”
Included was a short essay about the importance of Avakian’s “compelling approach to Marxism” and, to the right, a list of dozens of signatories, including academic superstars like Cornel West, performers like Rickie Lee Jones and Chuck D., activists like Cindy Sheehan, Harvard’s Brad Epps and Timothy Patrick McCarthy.
The author of the Boston Globe piece, Mark Oppenheimer, discovered that while many were the usual hard-lined leftists, there were those who lent their name to the ad only in the interest of free speech. They don’t want him silenced because of his views though I haven’t seen that same enthusiastic support for the conservatives who were targeted by the IRS.
Epps and McCarthy were two who do not support his views, only his right to express them.
This is the problem with liberalism – they accept and entertain the ideas from their most radical members while Republicans would never entertain the ideas of the KKK and the neo-NAZIs.
One LA talk-radio host, Michael Slate, “wholeheartedly” supports Avakian’s views, according to the author. The fact that he has a big megaphone is concerning.
These people are out there, influencing the youth.
Should free speech extend to people who want to overthrow the government? Is there no line to be drawn here?
Oppenheimer says that in 1979 Avakian was arrested at a demonstration against Deng Xiaoping’s visit to the White House and was charged with assaulting a police officer, he fled the United States for France. His autobiography contains a picture of a bearded Avakian, wearing a Che-like beret, gazing solemnly at the camera, the caption reading: “[t]he author in exile, in front of the Wall of Communards in Paris, 1981.”
He’s a revolutionary hero only in his own mind but that doesn’t make him any less dangerous.
He has made his party into a cult of personality focused on him. In “Meaningful Revolutionary Work,” an essay posted in early January on the party’s website, Avakian writes, “One important aspect of boldly spreading revolution and communism everywhere is the work of building what we have characterized as a culture of appreciation, promotion, and popularization around the leadership, the body of work and the method and approach of Bob Avakian.”
Once asked by a college radio station if the party was developing a “cult of personality” around Bob Avakian, he replied, “I certainly hope so. We’ve been working very hard to create one.”
Forget elections, he wants a revolution:
The Revolutionary Communists are only one faction behind the riots/protests but all the groups are leftists and include the Occupiers, the Progressive Labor Party, ANSWER, NAACP, New Black Panthers, SEIU, national LGBT organizations, climate environmentalists, amnesty groups, pro-Palestinian organizations, Christian social justice groups, and Planned Parenthood. Just read this from noisy room.
The party appears to be well-funded. They’ve been supplying a great many professional signs for the marches/protests/riots throughout the country.
The Revolutionary Communist Progressive Party has also been marching and protesting since day one.
You can’t have an effective revolution without destroying the legal system and the police force. That is what we are seeing take place unless someone stops it or we get some good snowstorms that drives them into hibernation.