ONE ANSWER: AVAKIAN, RCP
Rubyg580 at aol.com
Rubyg580 at aol.com
Fri May 10 18:55:01 MDT 1996
In a message dated 96-05-08 Scott MacLamee writes:
> A question about RIM and such for those on the list who are up on
> Lately the RCP has especially been pushing the notion that Bob
> Avakian is a Major Leader and Thinker. This is not as such a new
> thing: anyone who ever saw BULLETS, the "little gray book" of
> Chairman Bob's pity Thoughts, knows that RCP has quite the cult
> of personality around the ever-youthful Avakian (whose official
> portrait seems not to have been updated in a decade and
A decade??? yo, dude, that picture is from 1979! That makes, what? <17>
years and counting! Little Bobby A is probably fat as hell, bald as all
out (note the ever-present cap), and who knows what else.
> But the REVOLUTIONARY WORKER and the RCP-niks I ran
> into at the Politics of Meaning conference in Washington, DC a
> couple of weeks ago seemed even more gung-ho on Bob Thought than
> in the past. And that is saying something.
> Now, the question. Is this an effort to lift Chairman Bob to the
> level of Gonzalo, given that G is not available to lend
> leadership to the worldwide Maoist movement at the present
> moment? Do ex-RCPers on the list have any thoughts on this?
> I've always wondered what it must be like to be in an
> organization which took Avakian seriously as a theorist.
Hey, my guess is that when President Gonzalo was captured in 1992,
Little Bobby and entourage probably broke out the champaign. Looking
back over his (Little B A's) theorizing over the years, it becoms pretty
clear that the main point of it all is to "prove" that the next great
is scheduled for the USA, and therefore the next great leader is scheduled
to be "Avakian in exile". Only problem is, about the same time Little BA
went into exile (1981) there was this guy in Peru who was already leading
a People's War. And the RCP stopped even leading demonstrations
somewhere around the mid-80s.
At the R&R! conference at the end of April, we did find the opinion among
RCPers that the revolution in Peru is no big deal, because it's really gonna
take revolution in the US to save the world from imperialism. Kinda like,
well, these small backward countries can make a good effort, but without
our help (like right now, the rcp says the PCP needs our help to defeat
this "right opportunist line inside the PCP" which is just as big a threat
to the revolution as imperialism) they're not gonna get anywhere.
To me it's nothing more than a new twist on the "white man's burden" or
"condescending savior" line.
> Given that about half of the list is now devoted to the Maoist
> Wars, I hope somebody can take the time to answer this sort of
> simplistic question. To a non-Maoist, it's pretty hard to tell
> the differences among you guys -- maybe answering this will
> provide some helpful background.
> Thanks in advance
Hope that's at least some help. Gina/ Detroit
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