We will begin our discussion of "Ajith--Portrait of a Residue of the Past" from Demarcations, the Journal of Communist Theory and Polemic by getting into the question of truth, based on pages 6-28 of this article. Is it true that "everything that is actually true is good for the proletariat, all truths can get us to communism?" And if this is true, why? Our discussion will focus on epistemology (which means "how humans reach an understanding of the truth and how to assess the reliability of that knowledge").
This reading is complex, but Bob Avakian (BA) has broken it down for us in many writings and talks. Everyone is welcome; this discussion should be meaningful and accessible to everyone, from those who haven't studied much theory before to those who are steeped in the new synthesis of BA and everyone in-between. We will follow BA's outline of the new synthesis , on communism as a science , especially the four points on epistemology under "Method and Approach..."
Think about this: "Ultimately, what is at stake in the debate over how to understand the world is what type of society we are trying to bring into being. Is it possible to get beyond the point where truth will be determined or imposed by strength (economic, political, military), or will the world never escape the logic that 'might makes right'?"
Sunday, August 23, 6 pm to 8 pm
BA Speaks: Revolution--Nothing Less!
What it will take to end the oppression of Black people? What's the crucial role Black people can play in ending, at long last, the system that has terrorized them in a thousand ways? And what's the strategy for that revolution?
We'll watch 2 clips (about 30 minutes) from the "Revolution-Nothing Less" DVD and spend the rest of the time wrangling over these questions, learning from each other, and especially from BA. (Pizza will be served.)
Wednesday, August 26, 9 pm
Revolution Books recommends:
Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub to play benefit
Wednesday, August 26, 9 pm
Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey, Chicago
$10 (tickets available at Revolution Books)
Chicago's finest Dub Reggae band, led by drummer Ted Sirota, performs a benefit concert to raise funds for the legal defense of three protesters (Fredo Reyes, Iggy Ruckers, and Grant Newburger) against police murder who are charged with vindictive felonies carrying a potential of SEVEN years in prison! For more on their case, see the Facebook page of their defense committee, We All Stand Together.
Join us to watch the live stream of this important and inspiring event!
This event has been organized to inform and connect people during this pivotal time. To let those who see the need to "change the whole social landscape" of society know that it is possible, and that they have an opportunity to be a part of that change.
Saturday, August 29, 11 am
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Book Club Discussion
Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me has rocketed to the top of the best-sellers list. In the form of an autobiographical letter to his son, Coates warns his son about what it takes to survive in a society riven by the oppression of Black people. It is a must-read at this particular moment when foundational questions about the horrific history and present brutal reality of Black people in America are sharply posed.
Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story "The Case for Reparations."
(This is not an author event.)
Y ou can get your copy at Revolution Books.
On the Importance of Science and
the Application of Science to Society, the New Synthesis of Communism and the Leadership of Bob Avakian
An Interview with Ardea Skybreak
In the early part of 2015, over a number of days,
Revolution conducted a wide-ranging interview with Ardea Skybreak. A scientist with professional training in ecology and evolutionary biology, and an advocate of the new synthesis of communism brought forward by Bob Avakian, Skybreak is the author of, among other works, The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters, and Of Primeval Steps and Future Leaps: An Essay on the Emergence of Human Beings, the Source of Women's Oppression, and the Road to Emancipation. Thisinterview was first published online atwww.revcom.us.