STATEMENT BY BOB AVAKIAN

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August 1, 2020

 

ON THE IMMEDIATE CRITICAL SITUATION,
THE URGENT NEED TO DRIVE OUT THE FASCIST TRUMP/PENCE REGIME,
VOTING IN THIS ELECTION,
AND THE FUNDAMENTAL NEED FOR REVOLUTION

 

1 The situation today holds truly unprecedented and momentous challenges, with profound implications not only for the people in this country but for all of humanity. Three years ago, I spoke to this reality—which has become even more pronounced, and even more dangerous, in the time since then:

We are confronted by—we are now being ruled by—a fascist regime: relentlessly assaulting civil rights and liberties and openly promoting bigotry and inequality; acting with callous disregard or cold-blooded malice toward those they consider inferior and a drain or stain on the country; on a mission to deny health care to millions who will suffer and many who will die without it; crudely degrading women, as objects of plunder, breeders of children without the right to abortion or birth control, subordinate to husbands and men in general; defying the science of climate change, attacking the science of evolution, and repudiating the scientific method overall; a regime brandishing an arsenal of mass destruction and threatening nuclear war; intensifying state terror against Muslims, immigrants, and people in the inner cities; unleashing and giving encouragement and support to brutal thugs spewing vile “America First,” white supremacist, male supremacist, and anti-LGBT venom—a regime that boasts of all this and declares its intention to do even worse.

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NOTHING LESS!

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A statement from Bob Avakian

revolutionary leader, author and architect of the revolutionary new communism

To all those who have risen up so powerfully and are demonstrating to say “No More!” after the murder of George Floyd, and all the other cold-blooded murders by police.

To all those who have drawn inspiration from this righteous uprising.

To all those who have had the blinders forced from their eyes and have been provoked to think anew about what kind of country it is that we live in.

Watch the video clip of Sunsara Taylor’s speach addressing
the initiating activists of OUT NOW on September 5

The speech gives an excellent introduction to the stakes involved, the political contours and the colors of this “solid and real beginning” of the 60-day mobilization and taking on “ the real challenges ahead”. (https://youtu.be/eSTIIvG-JPo)

The Absurd and Dangerous Fantasy That Donald Trump Is Not a War Monger

by Raymond Lotta

It is truly amazing how some progressives and self-described radicals pull the wool over their own eyes when it comes to Donald Trump’s foreign policy. They blithely buy into and peddle the dangerous myth that, for all his ravings and unpredictability, Trump is an “antiwar” isolationist who wants to shrink the U.S. global military footprint and is ill-disposed to getting bogged down in endless wars. Describe him as you will… but a war monger he is not, they say. Wrong, deadly wrong.

The Democratic Convention: What Did Happen, What Didn’t Happen, and What This Means for Humanity

The most significant thing that happened was this: the major spokespeople for the Democratic Party – Bernie Sanders, Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden as the nominee – to a certain degree rang the alarm on the situation we face with Trump.

A Measly and Collaborationist Defense of Trump-Fascism:
On Gary Leupp’s Unprincipled Attack In Counterpunch

Editor’s note: On August 13, Counterpunch published “The RCP, Fascism, and Chairman Bob’s Endorsement of Biden for President” by Gary Leupp, an attack on Bob Avakian’s statement, ON THE IMMEDIATE CRITICAL SITUATION, THE URGENT NEED TO DRIVE OUT THE FASCIST TRUMP/PENCE REGIME, VOTING IN THIS ELECTION, AND THE FUNDAMENTAL NEED FOR REVOLUTION. The following is a reply to Leupp.

As Trump threatens the elections and sends fascist stormtroopers into cities:
Stay in the streets in August
Build for UNITED NATIONWIDE MASS PROTEST
Saturday September 5
DEMAND TRUMP PENCE OUT NOW!

Reposted from RefuseFascism.org

What Is Fascism?

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Fascism is the exercise of blatant dictatorship by the bourgeois (capitalist-imperialist) class, ruling through reliance on open terror and violence, trampling on what are supposed to be civil and legal rights, wielding the power of the state, and mobilizing organized groups of fanatical thurgs, to commit atrocities against masses of people, particularly groups of people identified as “enemies,” “undesirables,” or… Read more »

CAPITALISM-IMPERIALISM—THE SUFFOCATION OF SEVEN BILLION—AND THE PROFOUND NEED FOR A WORLD ON NEW FOUNDATIONS

by Bob Avakian

The rulers of this country, and those who represent their interests, are forever boasting about the supposed “freedom, initiative and creativity” that, according to them, the capitalist system (and only the capitalist system) makes possible, and the great wealth this has created for people in this country especially. And they continually slander communism as a repressive system where people have no freedom and their initiative and creativity is not encouraged and rewarded but stifled and suppressed. All this is fundamentally wrong and completely upside-down.

Letter from a Chicago Correspondent:
First Portland… Now Trump Sending Federal Pigs into Chicago

As the revcom.us article Trump Gestapo Violently Assaults, Snatches Portland Protestors—Not “Theater” vividly showed, the sending of federal forces to Portland is “part of deadly serious, all round fascist escalation.” Trump sent in these militarized police forces to Portland in defiance of both the local mayor and the state governor. Trump is attempting to exert his authority over these Democratic local authorities and insisting on even more brutal, openly fascistic means of repression. It is a threat to protesters in other cities and it is establishing a “model” for wielding a national gestapo force which can be deployed in other cities on Trump’s command.

Four Months Into the Global COVID-19 Health and Economic Crisis…
Notes on the Utter Cruelty and Obscene Irrationality of Capitalism-Imperialism

by Raymond Lotta

These are some initial reflections on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the imperialist world economy and the people of the world. These reflections are offered to contribute towards understanding this unprecedented situation and the potential for radical upheaval. Further reflections will be coming.