Demarcations Special Issue (Issue 5), Fall 2019

From Demarcations: A Journal of Communist Theory and Polemic, available at

We are very excited to release this special issue of Demarcations. This issue features the pre-publication version of BREAKTHROUGHS The Historic Breakthrough by Marx, and the Further Breakthrough with the New Communism. A Basic Summary, by Bob Avakian, in multiple languages. This is a concentration of the new communism, “a continuation of, but also represents a qualitative leap beyond, and in some important ways a break with, communist theory as it had been previously developed. It provides the basis—the science, the strategy, and the leadership—for an actual revolution and a radically new society on the road to real emancipation.”

At a moment when it is no exaggeration to say that vast swaths of humanity and the planet are confronting a catastrophic future and even potentially existential risks due to the workings of this system of capitalism-imperialism, there is no greater need and contribution to a radically different world than to take up and spread Bob Avakian’s whole new framework for human emancipation, concentrated in this work, EVERYWHERE. As Avakian has stated, “everywhere people are questioning why things are the way they are, and whether a different world is possible; everywhere people are talking about “revolution” but have no real understanding of what revolution means, no scientific approach to analyzing and dealing with what they are up against and what needs to be done; everywhere people are rising up in rebellion but are hemmed in, let down and left to the mercy of murderous oppressors, or misled onto paths which only reinforce, often with barbaric brutality, the enslaving chains of tradition; everywhere people need a way out of their desperate conditions, but do not see the source of their suffering and the path forward out of the darkness.”

Up to this time, in light of the importance of what is spoken to in this work, Bob Avakian has authorized distribution of a pre-publication version; and, with the same orientation, he has now authorized the publication of this version in Demarcations. He has also authorized the publication of this in a number of different languages, with the understanding and the clear indication that these are unofficial translations from the English version.

Check back for the complete German and Turkish translations, and for translations into other languages.

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