Saturday, May 30, 2009

5/31 Salon: on Individuals and Society; Life with a Purpose by Bob Avakian

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 4pm

Part I of six-week salon on the new talk from Bob Avakian, "RUMINATIONS AND WRANGLINGS: On the Importance of Marxist Materialism, Communism as a Science, Meaningful Revolutionary Work, and a Life with Meaning." Part I will focus on INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIAL RELATIONS and LIFE WITH A PURPOSE (Different Views, and Fundamentally Different World Outlooks).

Individuals and Social Relations and
Life with a Purpose (including "Human life is finite, but revolution is infinite")

Bring your questions. Some to consider:

How are we to understand the contradictions bound up with the fact that people exist as individuals, while their existence is a social existence (as part of social groups and in class society as members of a class)? What is the reality of the capitalist theory that if each individual pursues her/his own individual interest, the greater societal good will be served?

What about the charges made against communism that it seeks to reduce everyone to the same indistinguishable mass? What are the differences between individualism and individuality (and diversity) and what are the implications of the latter for socialist society and ultimately communism?

"[It] is necessary to recognize that while death is universal for human beings-all human beings die, sooner or later-there is not one common viewpoint about death: people in different social conditions have different experiences with and different viewpoints on all kinds of phenomena, including death."

What are the moral and psychological dimensions to the finiteness of human life and what individuals do in their lifetimes? "The content of people's lives-the quality of those lives, what they are dedicated and devoted to, and ultimately what they've been lived about, whether their death comes sooner or later-is the most important thing and gives meaning, one way or another, to people's lives, short as they are in relation to the infinite existence of matter in motion."


Dear friends of Revolution Books,

We invite you to join our weekly discussion on Sunday afternoons from 4 - 6pm at Revolution Books. Every week you will be stimulated and challenged.

Even as the memo has gone out that the parameters of "hope" and "change" are defined by a new face atop the empire, people all over the world seethe with discontent, anger and a feeling that there must be a better way that human society could be organized - that another world is, and must be, possible.

Anyone wanting to bring into being that new world immediately confronts two things. One is the repressive force of the authorities brought to bear against those who seriously challenge the powers-that-be. Second is the confrontation in the realm of ideas: morality, science, religion and world-outlook. Complicity versus resistance; whether the oppression of Black people has been transcended or morphed into new dangerous forms; over how to evaluate the first stage of the Communist revolution in the Soviet Union and China.

Today, the most important struggle in the realm of ideas focuses on the KIND of change we need, the THEORY that can guide that change, and the leadership that we have to carry forward that radical transformation.

We state clearly: we need a revolution and none will be possible if it is not grounded in the work being done by and the leadership provided by Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

If you haven't read Bob Avakian, NOW is the time. Let yourself be challenged by it. If you are someone who finds the current world intolerable and sees the need for a radically different one, then you cannot be true to your own principles without seriously checking out and engaging with Bob Avakian.

These are sessions for all - beginners & veterans; truth seekers of different persuasions; anyone desirous of a better world.

We urge you to join us in this urgently needed collective exploration and conversation around cutting-edge communist theory. The next round of discussions, beginning at the end of May are drawn from a provocative new work by Bob Avakian, "Ruminations and Wranglings; On the Importance of Marxist Materialism, Communism as a Science, Meaningful Revolutionary Work, and a Life with Meaning". The full text is available online at

Friday, May 22, 2009

Upcoming Events

Sunday, Mary 24, 4 PM
Note new day & time for weekly discussions.

A discussion of two articles from Revolution newspaper:

#165 Torture CoverIn the Era of Obama: The Collapse of "The Movement"; the Resistance and the Revolutionary Movement We Need by Andy Zee

"A grievous, shameful and dangerous state of affairs permeates the movements of opposition in the U.S. Their outlook and politics have collapsed into passive acquiescence and even overt criminal complicity with the policies and actions of the ruling class, and are doing so by promoting the deadly illusion that the election of Barack Obama is bringing progressive change. This is bullshit, it's knowable and it must change."


The Torture Memos, And the Need for Justice By Alan Goodman

"If people DO resist, if they DO demand that the criminals be prosecuted and wage a serious political struggle to make that happen, it can be the beginning of a struggle that can, among other things, lead to the beginnings and possibility of real justice - and not some phony, feel-good, 'let's-forget-about-the-past-and-move-on' so-called redemption and/or 'reconciliation' that only ultimately enables still more, and still worse, crimes by the bloody criminal enterprise known as America."

For latest coverage and analysis around torture and more, see current issue of Revolution at (cover pictured above).
We received the following announcements from World Can't Wait.

May 28

Thursday May 28, 6pm, Chicago
Protest Karl Rove - "Bush's Brain" -
War Criminal Appearing in Public!
175 N. State St., Chicago
Sponsored by World Can't Wait-Chicago & 8th Day Center for Justice

This demonstration is part of World Can't Wait & War Criminals Watch:
May 28th - National Day of Resistance to U.S. TORTURE!

Release the Torture Photos!
Wear Orange, the color of resistance to torture

Contact: World Can't Wait - Chicago Chapter, ~ 773-227-2453
Recommended Books

Botero: Abu Ghraib

The Dark Side, Jane Mayer

A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror, by Alfred McCoy

Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees
by Marc Falkoff, Flagg Miller, and Ariel Dorfman

Bush Crimes Commission DVD -- Session on Torture featuring testimony from Janis Karpinski (Ret US General, former US military director of Abu Ghraib), Barbara Olshansky (lawyer for Guantanamo prisoners), Craig Murray (former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan)
May 23-24, Sat. 11-7pm, Sun. Noon-5pm
to benefit Revolution Books

Used books include books on politics-science-art-philosophy-Black History-Spanish-revolutionary literature-Marxist/Leninist/Maoist classics-fiction-posters-photographs-buttons-t-shirts and much more. Help publicize the sale among friends. Also, your donations of used books needed - drop books off during store hours.
Regular Happenings at Revolution Books

Tuesday, May 26 (not Monday, May 25), 6:30 - 9 PM
Get Revolution newspapers hot off the press. Join "hot topics" discussions while mailing subs to prisoners.
Normal Monday schedule has been changed to Tuesday for next week due to Memorial Day weekend and Revolution newspaper production schedule.

Help produce Revolution newspaper! For more info, email or call 773-803-9702.

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Go to Chicago Revolution Books blog for upcoming events.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Upcoming Events

International Pot Luck Dinner
Fundraiser for Revolution Books
Friday, May 15 - 6:30pm
Acme Arts, 1741 N. Western Ave., Chicago

Join us for an evening of good food, good music, and for a great cause. Bring your special dish and donate $10 for a delicious dinner to support Revolution Books.

Be a part of getting this fundraiser out among friends and popularize it on e-lists, cafes, and bulletin boards. To stay open in Chicago in the current economic climate, this all-volunteer revolutionary communist bookstore needs the financial support of people who aspire to understand and radically change the world.

May 13, Wednesday, 7pm

Discussion of "Crises in Physics," Crises in Philosophy and Politics by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

Revolution Books Fundraising

May 23-24, Sat. 11-7pm, Sun. Noon-5pm: Used Book Sale: Donations of used books needed - drop books off during store hours. Help publicize the sale among friends.

June 13, Sat. - Garage Sale: Location to be announced. To donate items, call 73.489.0930. Volunteer to help organize this garage sale or host one to raise funds for Revolution Books.

Sustain for $10 a month, or make a one-time donation, via PayPal at Chicago Revolution Books blogspot, by mail, or by coming to Revolution Books. Become a monthly sustainer. Donations are not tax deductible.

eBay sales: Donate collectibles for sale on Revolution Books eBay site. Email Revolution Books at and let us know what you have and how we can get it to our eBay fundraisers.
Revolution Books
at the Green Fest

The May 16-17 Green Festival at Navy Pier will be a place were thousands agonizing over the fate of the planet are looking for solutions. Help Revolution Books connect the most scientific understanding of the problem, capitalism and imperialism, and the solution, revolution and communism. Help us learn everything we can at the same time get out the truth that as long as people's thinking is stuck in this awful system then their best efforts will fall short or even turn into their opposite. Take the example of ethanol worsening the global food crisis. Last year at the Green Fest we got a great response to our liberating vision of a whole new world and not tinkering around the edges of this one.
Volunteer to be part of this exciting effort. Donate to help cover the $425 booth fee. See next email for exact location of our booth.
Regular Events at Revolution Books

Mon, May 11, 6:30 - 9 PM
Get Revolution newspapers hot off the press. Join "hot topics" discussions while mailing subs to prisoners.

Thu, May 14, 6:30 - 9 PM
Help produce Revolution newspaper! For more info, email or call 773-803-9702.

1103 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Tue-Sat: 11am-7pm Sun: 11am-5pm

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