- Category: Kasama
- Created on Friday, 19 September 2008 13:22
- Written by Red Flags
Excerpted from comments posted on our thread discussing "Avakian’s Self-Coup Within the Party"
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"Do not let Avakian tell you that he’s all there is and if you can’t buy what he’s selling then it is supposed to be you who is “demoralized.” Reach out to friends and comrades and don’t let them be lost... Why does it matter? Because not only is revolution possible, here in this country and in our lifetime – but we are witnessing the break up of all the old certainties right now!... All you lurkers reading this and not speaking… step up."
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The RCP has a well-tried-and-untrue method of starting from the a priori position that the RCP is the vanguard party and Bob Avakian is a world-historic leader (blah blah blah). Everything flows back from this conception.
Members of the RCP have believed this even where they weren’t willing to go to the extreme of a cult of personality. When it became fully cartoonish and desperate - no doubt some have moved on or claimed they gave up.
It’s funny. When I was recently banned from RCP events it wasn’t for giving up or switching sides or ANY kind of accomodation with the government or system: it was because I argue plainly that revolution is possible, just not how Avakian is demanding.
And this is where my anger comes in. Avakian wants those who don’t tow his line to be defeated. It is why he and his followers are compelled to distort the nature of the Kasama project from top to bottom.
The anti-materialist, anti-people, anti-cadre and essentially anti-political method that Avakian has enforced within the RCP has burned people and broken too many comrades’ revolutionary will.
It should be called out for what it is: wrecking activity cloaked in scientistic, religious language to impose what are his personal delusions of grandeur. There is a deeper ideological problem that has allowed him to get away with it, effectively wrecking that great attempt to build a revolutionary party in the USA. But the leadership is his and the responsibility is his.
If a member has submitted to this harsh regime of compliance with the cult of personality (in direct opposition to serving the people by building the capacities of the oppressed to build socialism in our time), when they are all worn out – no doubt many think “that’s all there is” and give up.
Do not let Avakian tell you that he’s all there is and if you can’t buy what he’s selling then it is supposed to be you who is “demoralized”. Avakian’s method is demoralizing comrades and driving them out of not just the party, but has burned people right out of the movement. Reach out to friends and comrades and don’t let them be lost.
Why does it matter?
Because not only is revolution possible, here in this country and in our lifetime – but we are witnessing the break up of all the old certainties right now! It’s not just that the ways we’ve tried to make change aren’t working, the ruling class can’t rule in the old ways.They don’t know how to bring it back together – and we have a rare opportunity. These are the time we were waiting for through long years of treading water. This is the time.
The need for conscious, committed, trained, dedicated, principled communists to make their mark is crying. We need a movement of leaders, not followers. If we aren’t on the field, then the realm of the possible actually shrinks.
Yes, some people have been (intentionally and by design) demoralized to break opposition to Avakian’s cult of personality – but getting beyond that (and now!) is our responsibility. And by “ours”, I don’t just mean Kasama. Comrades must organize themselves and not waste what we do know, our real capacities and experience.
The world needs us to rise to this occasion and break through the old walls, self-limiting doctrines and fear of success. We need to be revolutionaries, not just revolutionists.
All you lurkers reading this and not speaking… step up.