The following is the text of a new national leaflet for the BA Everywhere campaign. At the end of the article is a link to a pdf version, suitable for downloading and printing.
We face a crossroads. In the opening of his 2014 New Year's Message,
Bob Avakian put it like this:
"Look at the world today. Destruction of the environment. Youth in the inner cities robbed of a future, 'presumed guilty' for being Black or Brown, hounded and shot down by police, incarcerated in huge numbers. Women raped, battered and murdered, denied their basic humanity and their full potential as human beings. People scorned, bullied, brutalized for being gay, or just being 'different.' Millions of children dying every year from starvation and disease. Immigrants driven from their homelands, forced into the shadows, exploited, deported, ripped away from their children. Slaughter and enslavement in the name of one god or another. Wars, torture, and massive government spying.Bob Avakian-BA-has not only named this insanity, he has put forward a solution to it: revolution, communist revolution. He has, over the past 40 years, developed a new synthesis of communism-building on the path-breaking achievements of past revolutions, but also summing up their shortcomings and problems and on that basis forged a further pathway to emancipation.
"Things are this way because of the system that rules over us and declares its 'special right' to rule the world. A system like this is a system that no one should put up with or go along with. It needs to be swept off the face of the earth. And it can be.
"This system is not a mystery, or something that only a few people can understand. And it is not all-powerful. This system has a name-capitalism. This system is full of contradictions-an economy based on ruthless exploitation and dog-eat-dog competition, repeated crises, unemployment and poverty...savage inequalities...claims of 'peace' and 'justice for all' that are bitter lies-contradictions that this system cannot resolve. All this is the basis to bring this system down and bring something much better into being."
Nothing less than revolution is needed for a better world. Revolution today-if it is to bring about a better society and future without exploitation and oppression-means BA's new synthesis of communism. He
has shown how such a revolution could actually be made... yes, even in today's world. And BA is leading a party, and a movement, to make all that real.
Bob Avakian has developed a vision and viable framework for a new society that is working to overcome and dig up the roots of all the forms of exploitation and savage inequality that people suffer from today; where wars of plunder and subjugation of nations and cultures are no more; where a new constitution would require safeguarding the environment. All in a framework that gives great scope to intellectual work, ferment, and dissent so that people could consciously and collectively strive for a world where all humanity could flourish.