Question and Answer Sessions from Bob Avakian’s Talks Now On-Line Three weeks ago we announced the posting of important new talks by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the RCP,USA, on bobavakian.netand here on revcom.us. As we said last issue, “These talks are trulypathbreaking explorations in communist theory and its application to abreathtaking range of questions, including political questions whichare urgently and sharply posed in today’s situation. They are alsoliving laboratories in the communist method and approach to the world.”
This week there will be a further dimension given to all this, as thequestion and answer sessions for these talks go up on these sites.
This Q&A includes an answer to the following question:
“Myquestion deals with some of the material from the two series: ‘Views onSocialism and Communism’ and ‘The Basis, the Goals, and the Methods ofthe Communist Revolution.’
"I’ve beenthinking about two things: One is a statement by Arundhati Roy in aninterview where she basically said (this is paraphrasing), ‘I supportthe Maoists in India even though I would probably be the first personthey would kill.’ Second I’ve also been thinking about this in relationto the need to make a distinction as you’ve emphasized between thosewho are actively plotting to overthrow the socialist state and thosewho are just dissenting or even vehemently opposed to it, but notactively plotting to overthrow it.
“Myquestion is – taking into account the socialist experience and the verysecondary aspect where Arundhati Roy might have a point based on whathappened in China and also taking into account the particularity ofIndia and the particularities of this country: what should communistssay to the Arundhati Roys of the world in relation to thiscontradiction and why should they believe us?”
Awide range of other questions were raised and taken up, over 20 in all,going from the importance of taking on the relativism and positivism intoday’s climate, to the need to embrace non-communist ideas; from theoppression of Black people, to the situation in Latin America and itsrelation to the world situation; from key political struggles today andtheir relation to the urgent need for revolution, to the role ofcoaching in basketball . . . and many, many more. The answers to thesequestions – along with the “Concluding Remarks,” which are also goingup on the site – give you a living sense of communism: not only thevision of communist society and the struggle to get there (though manyof the questions touch on different aspects of that) but of thegenuinely communist approach to all spheres of society. They give youas well a very living sense of Chairman Avakian, listening intently toand delving deeply into these questions as they come up.
We inviteyou to come listen to these sessions; as we’ve said before, there’sreally nothing like this in the world today.