Saturday, May 15, 2010

So You Wish Communism Could Work... But Are Not Convinced

Last night I was part of a panel on Morality and God(s) together with Ryan Falcioni, Nancy Murphy and Dan Mages at UCLA sponsored by their undergraduate Philosophy Club.

It was a great dialogue/debate among the panelists and with the audience.  Afterwards, it was striking to me how many students came up to ask things about communism.  Some had read a little Marx and wanted to pursue some of the ideas they’d been introduced to, others wanted to understand more deeply what I meant by communist morality, many wanted to get into the themes I had addressed around religion drawing from Bob Avakian’s book, “AWAY WITH ALL GODS! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World.”  Almost all of them wanted to know whether communism was really realistic, whether it could really be brought about, and whether human beings could really live differently that capitalism forces people to live.  Most of these questions were from a place of wishing this was possible, but being very skeptical.

I told several of them this last night, but am posting it on my blog today for everyone that these kinds of questions resonate with and for everyone who came last night and drops in here today to hear something more from me:


There is nothing more important that we can investigate, contribute to, and put our lives in the service of than the emancipation of humanity and the rescue of the planet – this is what communist revolution can accomplish.

So, look into this fully.  Get into it deeply.  Don’t take my word for it, but also don’t form your opinion based on a superficial engagement.  There is too much at stake.

Carve out the time – even if it is over the course of several weeks, to watch this whole talk: REVOLUTION: Why Its Necessary; Why Its Possible; What Its All About.

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