Back in the day, Nina Simone sang "I wish I knew how it would feel to be free." Today the world cries out more than ever for the kind of radical change that Nina's song painted a picture of. Around the world 1000's of children die every day from diseases that could be easily prevented or cured. Millions of people labor from can't see in the morning till can't see at night for less than $2 a day. U.S. assertion of the prerogatives of empire bring war and threatened war to many parts of the world.
Here in the U.S., torture, indefinite detention and warrantless government spying are being legitimized as necessary tools to protect us from "terrorists." Meanwhile trigger happy police and a racist criminal injustice system spreads terror in Black and other oppressed communities. The Supreme Court ruled last summer that there is no constitutional mandate to desegregate public schools, further locking inner city children into decrepit schools that provide 2nd rate education. And a woman's right to choose to have an abortion is perhaps only one more fascist appointment to that court away from being overturned.
Many people feel the need for change, radical change. At the same time, most people have accepted the conventional wisdom that such change isn't really possible. That revolution and communism have been tried and failed, or even that they;'ve led to disaster. People's dreams of a different and better way of life have been diverted back into praying for something better in some afterlife. Or sucked down to backing Obama's campaign to become the new face for the U.S. empire by his talk of hope and change.
We don't have to settle for this! If you think today's world is intolerable, you're right. If you agonize over the state of the world and hope another world is possible, you need to be in the house on Sunday, March 9th, at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (W. 86th St. and West End Ave in Manhattan) at 4 PM. Revolution Books is presenting a program: Re-envisioning Revolution and Communism; What is Bob Avakian's New Synthesis! (On March 22, this program will be presented in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.)
Bob Avakian has devoted decades to digging into the experiences of the Soviet Union and People's China when those were real revolutionary countries. He has rescued the many great things those societies accomplished from the piles of lies and slanders the rulers of this country and their bought and paid for mouthpieces have heaped on them. And he has fearlessly looked at the errors and shortcomings of that experience. From all this, he's developed a new synthesis, a different framework, for making revolution and for wielding revolutionary power to bring into being and continually develop a truly emancipatory society that people would want to live in.
This synthesis will be presented in depth on March 9th for the 1st time publicly. Questions like how could you hang onto revolutionary power, What would be the role of individual rights, How important is a fearless attitude toward getting at the truth, How do you unleash exploration, meet society's needs and overcome the locking out of most of humanity from the realm of mental work and more will be addressed. Everybody whose heart aches when they hear of another atrocity perpetrated on the people here and around the world has a responsibility to check this out. Come listen to the presentation and participate in the discussion. Bring your doubts and questions, along with your hopes and aspirations. Together we can begin to change the terms in society to where many, many people are imagining, and acting to realize, a different and better way of life for humanity once more.