Bob Avakian: Emmett Till and Jim Crow: Black people lived under a death sentence + In the 1960s, it was like the dam finally burst (2003)

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Revolution Talk
August 29, 2009

Emmett Till and Jim Crow: “Black people lived under a death sentence” – clip from “Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About, a film of a talk by Bob Avakian” given in 2003 in the United States.

Bob Avakian is the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. This talk, followed by questions and answers, is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey, covering many topics. 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. It is full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness; it will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight.

Bob Avakian: In the 1960s, it was like the dam finally burst (2003)

Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About: a film of a talk by Bob Avakian. SESSION 1

“They’re selling postcards of the hanging” – 1:12
Police: Enforcers of oppression and madness – 18:24
1960s: Racism and oppression challenged head-on – 30:00
A world of rape and sexual assault – 46:24
“Traditional” values – tradition’s chains – 52:36
U.S. expands through conquest and exploitation – 58:36
Youth deserve a better future – 66:12
Not fit caretakers of the earth – 70:24
A history of genocide and war crimes – 75:00
As long as you don’t say nothin’ – 91:00
Why do people come here from all over the world? – 1:17:20

Session 2

What is capitalism? – 00:23
A lopsided imperialist world – 22:10
How the world got this way – 47:12
A better world is possible – 68:00
Today, societies are divided into classes – 73:24
The proletariat and communism – 80:48
Imagine… a new society – Healthcare, work, education, science, etc… – 90:00
The dictatorship of the proletariat, and what it’s for – 1:06:40
The “voting trap” under capitalism – 1:13:30
Democracy and dictatorship during socialism – 1:21:10
Overcoming wounds and scars from capitalism – 1:31:36
From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs – 1:46:06
It’s not “Make them suffer like we suffered” – 1:51:02
Carrying forward the revolution under socialism – 1:57:26
“Two sides” to globalization – 1:63:39
A vampire system with “NUKE-ular” weapons – 1:67:12
International class – world-wide struggle – 1:72:26

Session 3

How could we actually make revolution, in a country like the U.S.? – 00:36
Uniting all who can be united for revolution – 17:36
Iraq war resistance—what was accomplished? – 19:22
Learning while leading, leading while learning – 36:35
The “solid core” of the united front and ending national oppression – 39:34
How a revolutionary situation can come about – 46:36
It’s not just “The Corporations” – 68:08
Why not bring about change peacefully? – 75:06
Isn’t the problem “human nature”? – 94:36
Dialectical materialism, historical materialism – 1:09:54
Religion – 1:27:23
Does communism equal “totalitarianism”? – 1:47:12
Valuing dissent in socialist society – 1:59:15
The people need leadership…a communist vanguard party – 1:63:40
A challenge and call: get with the party – 1:83:17

Session 4: Q&A

Smoke weed in socialism? – 0:00
Difficulty for proletarians to get active? – 2:45
Change for women in a new society? – 8:46
Another war for election purposes? (pyramid) – 16:11
What made you not believe in god? – 36:46
First thought on 9/11? – 49:23
How to reach the proletariat? – 49:53
More on 9/11? – 55:08
When will people fight for a different future? – 63:015
How does the party keep its goal of revolution? – 71:10
Is communism a European ideology? – 75:45
Reparations for African-Americans? – 85:28
Breaking down borders under socialism? – 1:01:42
A new generation of revolutionary leaders? – 1:11:25
Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party? – 1:27:54
Favorite band, favorite movie? – 1:40:01
We need a revolutionary people. – 1:44:58
Involving more minority youth? – 1:49:16
At 89, I want to see change. – 1:55:00

From the archives:

Bob Avakian: Youth deserve a better future + Revolution Talk (2003)

A Christmas Journey to Freedom

A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn

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