[Marxism] Re: Marxism Digest, Vol 7, Issue 80

Juan Fajardo fajardos at ix.netcom.com
Sun May 16 12:22:02 MDT 2004

marxism-request at lists.econ.utah.edu wrote:
> Message: 8
> Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 17:06:13 -0400
> From: "Mark Lause" 
> Subject: !RE: [Marxism] Re: Traveling with Chairman Avakian
> To: "'Pieinsky'" <xxxxxxxxxxxx>, "'Activists and scholars in
> 	Marxist tradition'"	<marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
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> Jay,
> I don't doubt that you're right--it certainly sounds plausible.
> However, if that's the case, it indicates a depressing superficiality in
> the RU.  
> Come to think of it, though, does anyone on this list know what Bob
> Avakian ever DID to put himself in the leadership of that organization?
> In the early 1970s, you couldn't walk into a radical meeting of any sort
> and fling a rock without hitting some loud-mouthed white guy.  Why Bob
> Avakian?
> Solidarity!
> Mark L.

I don't he actually DID anything, in the sense of rising to the top of 
an already extabt organization.

 From what I gather, he was one of the founders of the Bay Area Radical 
Union while a student.   BARU made a name for itself by intervening in a 
number of local struggles in the Bay Area, and, most importantly, by 
intervening to block the Progressive Labor Party's growing influence in 
SDS.  It was the struggle within SDS that catapulted Avakian from one of 
the leaders of a regional grouplet to national prominence in US Maoist 
firmament and gained BARU members outside the Bay Area.  From then on, 
it was a matter of Avakian simply keeping himself on top as the BARU 
became RU, RU joined in ill-fated and short-term unions with other 
groups, and then became the RCP, USA.

The oddest thing is how he has continued to head the party though 
physically separated from it for twenty-odd years.

- Juan F.

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