from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian
"You can't change the world if you don't know the BAsics."
BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian is a book of quotations and short essays that speaks powerfully to questions of revolution and human emancipation. BAsics concentrates more than 30 years of Avakian's work. BAsics can not only introduce many more people to the thinking of the author who has put communism back on the agenda as a vital and viable force—it can play a major role in bringing forward and forging a new wave of revolutionaries.
Bob Avakian has dedicated his life since the 1960s to the cause of revolution and communism. While providing practical leadership to the revolutionary movement as Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, he has deeply studied and summed up the world historical experience of the communist revolution and the socialist societies it has brought into being—the great achievements and the serious problems and errors—and has studied many other fields of human experience and knowledge. He has advanced the science of communism and made decisive breakthroughs in the theory, method, and strategy of revolution and the final goal of communism throughout the world.
Cornel West describes Avakian as someone who "is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism" in his comment about Avakian's memoir From Ike to Mao and Beyond, My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist.
4 DVD set
In 2003 Chairman Bob Avakian delivered this historic talk in the United States. This is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey. It
breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. Full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness, it will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight. Watch the film online here.
From Ike to Mao and Beyond
A Memoir by Bob Avakian
468 pp, paperback
Bob Avakian has written a memoir containing three unique but interwoven stories. The first tells of a white middle-class kid growing up in ’50s America who goes to an integrated high school and has his world turned around; the second of a young man who overcomes a near-fatal disease and jumps with both feet into the heady swirl of Berkeley in the ’60s; and the third of a radical activist who matures into a tempered revolutionary communist leader. If you think about the past or if you urgently care about the future ... if you want to hear a unique voice of utter realism and deep humanity ... and if you dare to have your assumptions challenged and your stereotypes overturned then you won’t want to miss this book.
Communism: The Beginning of a New Stage
Demonstrates the continued and even deepened basis for communist revolution in today’s world; it sums up the tremendous achievements, as well as the secondary shortcomings, of the first stage of this revolution, drawing the most cardinal and critical lessons from that monumental experience; it draws out the new challenges now facing the movement and it explains the key elements of Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of the science of communism, and shows the critical importance of that synthesis to the meeting of these challenges; and it analyzes the dynamics that led the communist movement to this crossroads.
Away With All Gods
Bob Avakian 256 pp, paperback
Is believing in gods actually harmful? How has Christianity for centuries served as an ideology of conquest and subjugation? Why is the "Bible Belt" in the U.S. also the "lynching belt"? Why is there a rise of religious fundamentalism throughout the world? In the intensifying conflict between U.S. imperialism and Islamic fundamentalism, is the only choice to take one side or the other? Why is patriarchy and the oppression of women foundational to so many religions? Can people be good without god? These are just some of the questions explored in this provocative work by Bob Avakian.