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Former Soviet Citizen Confronts Revolutionary Communist Students Who Hate USA/Capitalism. Part 4/6
Former Soviet Citizen Confronts Revolutionary Communist Students Who Hate USA/Capitalism. Part 4/6
Published: 2012/09/21
Channel: Vladimir Jaffe
Join the Revolutionary Communist Party Today!
Join the Revolutionary Communist Party Today!
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Jeremy Basinski
Batshit Crazy And Dangerous: Revolutionary Communist Party USA Refuse Trump
Batshit Crazy And Dangerous: Revolutionary Communist Party USA Refuse Trump's Fascist America!
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: Simon Harris
USA: Revolutionary Communist Party activists rally outside the RNC
USA: Revolutionary Communist Party activists rally outside the RNC
Published: 2016/07/22
Channel: Ruptly TV
Revolutionary Communist Party
Revolutionary Communist Party
Published: 2009/04/22
Channel: buddhagem
David Yaffe - the Revolutionary Communist Group
David Yaffe - the Revolutionary Communist Group
Published: 2015/10/17
Channel: chunkymark
Communist Groups Behind the Ferguson Demonstrations
Communist Groups Behind the Ferguson Demonstrations
Published: 2015/01/05
Channel: TheJohnBirchSociety
Bob Avakian - 1969, 1979, 2003
Bob Avakian - 1969, 1979, 2003
Published: 2011/11/14
Channel: yranoitulovereht
Glenn Beck interviews Communist Party USA Chairman Sam Webb
Glenn Beck interviews Communist Party USA Chairman Sam Webb
Published: 2011/10/18
Channel: UFPnews
Communist Party USA - We Are The Progressive, Pro-Labor Wing Of The Democratic Party
Communist Party USA - We Are The Progressive, Pro-Labor Wing Of The Democratic Party
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: American Patriot
WARNING: COMMUNISTS ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT REVOLUTION IN THESE 11 AMERICAN CITIES.
WARNING: COMMUNISTS ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT REVOLUTION IN THESE 11 AMERICAN CITIES.
Published: 2015/07/13
Channel: grindall61
World Can
World Can't Wait and the Revolutionary Communist Party
Published: 2006/10/06
Channel: Jorge Torres
Protest for Communist Revolution on May Day 2016 in Brooklyn
Protest for Communist Revolution on May Day 2016 in Brooklyn
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: Matt Sezer
Jamel Mimx (Revolutionary Communist Party USA) Protesting killing of Trayvon Martin--RR
Jamel Mimx (Revolutionary Communist Party USA) Protesting killing of Trayvon Martin--RR
Published: 2013/08/03
Channel: carlisle Umunnah
Outside Eric Garner
Outside Eric Garner's funeral, Revolutionary Communist Party infuriate community
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: Atiq Zabinski
Statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party
Statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party
Published: 2012/10/23
Channel: Responsible Marijuana Project
They Say They Will
They Say They Will
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: jonprc
Revolutionary Communists press conference
Revolutionary Communists press conference
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: cleveland.com
Revolutionary Communist Party protests RNC
Revolutionary Communist Party protests RNC
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: cleveland.com
Revolutionary Communist Party at Philadelphia City Hall- DNC, 07.25.17
Revolutionary Communist Party at Philadelphia City Hall- DNC, 07.25.17
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Information Bullets
#BrooklynProtest organizers confront Revolutionary Communist Party in #EastFlatbush 3-24
#BrooklynProtest organizers confront Revolutionary Communist Party in #EastFlatbush 3-24
Published: 2013/03/26
Channel: OccupyTVNY
May 20 MESSAGE FROM THE REVOLUTION
May 20 MESSAGE FROM THE REVOLUTION
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: revclub chi
The Communist Revolution Has Started in America
The Communist Revolution Has Started in America
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: TruNews
Wing of the Revolutionary Communist Party outside Peter King
Wing of the Revolutionary Communist Party outside Peter King's house
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: Maureen Dowling
Revolutionary Communist Party U.S.A.
Revolutionary Communist Party U.S.A.
Published: 2015/11/15
Channel: Ryan Tackett
RedScare: American Communist Revolution IS Not Possible
RedScare: American Communist Revolution IS Not Possible
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: RedScare TV
“Communism Did Work, But It Was Defeated By Capitalism”-Commie Book Seller To Former Soviet Citizen
“Communism Did Work, But It Was Defeated By Capitalism”-Commie Book Seller To Former Soviet Citizen
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Vladimir Jaffe
Overthrowing Capitalism In Canada: Revolutionary Communists Speak
Overthrowing Capitalism In Canada: Revolutionary Communists Speak
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Poletical
RevCom Arrested at anti-Trump March Chicago 11-12-16
RevCom Arrested at anti-Trump March Chicago 11-12-16
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: RevCom
Communist Party USA
Communist Party USA
Published: 2016/11/19
Channel: Michael Volpe
Revolutionary Communist Party Commercial
Revolutionary Communist Party Commercial
Published: 2011/12/01
Channel: Fischer Mollard
Bob Avakian: Revolutionary or Cult Leader?  (Communism)
Bob Avakian: Revolutionary or Cult Leader? (Communism)
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: elicia clegg
RUSSIAN (Leah) & Yaya Spoke At Trayvon Martin Protest led by Revolutionary Communist Party, USA--RR
RUSSIAN (Leah) & Yaya Spoke At Trayvon Martin Protest led by Revolutionary Communist Party, USA--RR
Published: 2013/08/03
Channel: carlisle Umunnah
2013 Platypus International Convention Workshops: Revolutionary Communist Party
2013 Platypus International Convention Workshops: Revolutionary Communist Party
Published: 2013/04/21
Channel: PlatypusSociety1917
Maoist Communist calls for revolution in USA
Maoist Communist calls for revolution in USA
Published: 2014/12/29
Channel: Maureen Dowling
Trevor Confronts Revolutionary Communist Party Front Group "Refuse Fascism"
Trevor Confronts Revolutionary Communist Party Front Group "Refuse Fascism"
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Renee Nal
Revolutionary Communist
Revolutionary Communist
Published: 2013/01/26
Channel: Joe Trevino
Revolutionary Communist Party
Revolutionary Communist Party's Hegelian dialectic
Published: 2017/09/05
Channel: MsBrenda Feuerzeichen
Communists Arrested in Montreal
Communists Arrested in Montreal
Published: 2011/09/04
Channel: Jason Unruhe
Fascist Communist Antifa Getting What They Deserve
Fascist Communist Antifa Getting What They Deserve
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: Bruce Shepard
RCP Canada Splitting Over Line Struggle
RCP Canada Splitting Over Line Struggle
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Jason Unruhe
Occupy DC - Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) and Bob Avaikian supporter
Occupy DC - Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) and Bob Avaikian supporter
Published: 2011/10/09
Channel: Tin Ship Productions
Revolutionary Communist Party Disrupts Imperialist 9/11 Memorial
Revolutionary Communist Party Disrupts Imperialist 9/11 Memorial
Published: 2015/12/13
Channel: Daryl Basarab
Maggie reads statement from revolutionary communist party
Maggie reads statement from revolutionary communist party
Published: 2013/11/12
Channel: Responsible Marijuana Project
Communist Party USA, "History
Communist Party USA, "History's Challenge," Part 1 of 3.
Published: 2009/08/30
Channel: thavmatic
Chicago Revolutionary Communists Behind Milwaukee Unrest
Chicago Revolutionary Communists Behind Milwaukee Unrest
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: TheJohnBirchSociety
Revolutionary Communist Party Agitation At Mike Brown Rally In Times Sq
Revolutionary Communist Party Agitation At Mike Brown Rally In Times Sq
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: Bill O'Keefe
The Rise and Fall of the US Communist Party - Class Led by Caleb Maupin
The Rise and Fall of the US Communist Party - Class Led by Caleb Maupin
Published: 2015/10/16
Channel: Caleb Maupin
Former Soviet Citizen Confronts Revolutionary Communist Students Who Hate USA/Capitalism. Part 1/6
Former Soviet Citizen Confronts Revolutionary Communist Students Who Hate USA/Capitalism. Part 1/6
Published: 2012/09/23
Channel: Vladimir Jaffe
Revolutionary Communist Party tries to hijack live newscast at Republican National Convention
Revolutionary Communist Party tries to hijack live newscast at Republican National Convention
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: ABC15 Arizona
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Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
Founded 1975
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Ideology New Synthesis
Communism
Marxism–Leninism–Maoism[1]
Stalinism
Political position Far-left
International affiliation None (formerly the RIM)
Website
http://www.revcom.us

The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP, USA) or RevCom is a political party in the United States. Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the RCP, USA, has led the party since its founding in 1975. Avakian's body of work is taken by the RCP as its ideological and political foundation and framework.

The organization releases a weekly newspaper Revolution (formerly called Revolutionary Worker, 1979–2005) which is published in English and Spanish, and has been published continuously since 1979.

Origins[edit]

Bob Avakian was one of many activists who in the 1960s turned to communist ideas and began organizing in the Bay Area of California. H. Bruce Franklin, Stephen Charles Hamilton,[2] and Bob Avakian together formed the Bay Area Revolutionary Union (BARU), which was subsequently able to absorb a series of similar local collectives which had developed out of Students for a Democratic Society. The new nationwide structure allowed BARU to change its name to simply the Revolutionary Union.

The RCP claims that of the various groups coming out of SDS, it was the first to seriously attempt to develop itself both at the theoretical level, with the publication of "Red Papers 1".[3] This turn to 1970s "point of production" organizing was a broader phenomenon which was expanded throughout the Midwest and into the Appalachian coal fields during the wildcat upsurges[4][unreliable source?] through 1980[original research?].

Such rapid expansion was not without its problems, however, and in 1971 H. Bruce and Jane Franklin led a section of the RU to fuse with the Venceremos Organization, advocating immediate urban guerrilla warfare and then dissolving shortly thereafter.

Tensions over this "workerist" tendency came to a head within the RCP in 1977 around whether China remained a communist country after the death of Mao Zedong and subsequent leadership struggles in the People's Republic of China between the Gang of Four and Hua Guofeng. Bob Avakian declared that there had been a coup in China following Mao's death and the new Chinese leadership was taking China on a capitalist road. The RCP's Vice Chairman, Mickey Jarvis, along with an estimated 30–40% of the membership and most of the Revolutionary Student Brigade formally left the RCP to form the Revolutionary Workers Headquarters (RWHq).[citation needed]

RCP today[edit]

Revolution Books in Seattle, Washington, operated by the RCP (photographed 2016)

In late 2005 and early 2006 the RCP launched the Revolutionary Communist Speaking Tour (RC4) of black leaders intended to "build a Communist movement among the people locked on the bottom of society in the current era of Bushite Christian-Fascism." The RC4 tour ended quietly with the disassociation of one of the lead speakers, Akil Bomani. Bomani claimed that the RCP had attempted to reach out the African American community through this speaking tour. However, there were low turnout rates with most of the audience not African American. Bomani stated that it was difficult to convince the audiences of the necessity of Avakian's leadership to audiences who most likely had never heard of him. Bomani said, "The problem was that this tour was too much structured as Avakian's cult of personality gateway into the black community. As a result, RC4 members were made out to be black representatives of Avakian and his party. This approach basically was saying two things: 1) "it's ok to follow this man because we’re black like you and we do" and 2) Avakian needs certified blacks to talk to other blacks to get them to accept his cult of personality."[5]

Avakian's cult of personality[edit]

The RCP has said that there are two mainstays of its work: the role of the party press and building a culture of "appreciation, promotion and popularization" of Bob Avakian and his body of work, method, and approach, "along with a whole ensemble of Communist work which is necessary to the bringing forward of a revolutionary people—including building "massive political resistance to the main ways in which, at any given time, the exploitative and oppressive nature of this system is concentrated in the policies and actions of the ruling class and its institutions and agencies" and solving the problems of how to involve the masses in "meaningful revolutionary work"".[6] Others have charged that the RCP has created a cult of personality around Avakian, with dissenting voices driven from the organization. The RCP has countered that over the period of the 1980s and 1990s two parties developed within the organization, representing two fundamentally opposed roads. One, represented by the "official" line of the Party and concentrated in the new synthesis Bob Avakian was championing, and expressed in the Party's newspaper (the Revolutionary Worker, now Revolution). The other, opposed the new synthesis and revolutionary-communist line, was becoming predominant on all levels of the Party, and "objectively, [this] amounted to abandoning the outlook and aims of the communist revolution, accommodating to the system of imperialism and settling for, at most, reforms within this horrific system."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Ideology is Marxism-Leninism-Maoism". Revcom.us. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Steve. "On the History of the Revolutionary Union". Theoretical Review No. 13, November–December 1979. 
  3. ^ "Red Papers 1". Originally published by the Bay Area Revolutionary Union, now available online thanks to Marxists.org's Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line project. Spring 1969. 
  4. ^ Ely, Mike. "Ambush at Keystone: Inside the Coalminers' Gas Protest" (PDF). Kasama Project. 
  5. ^ Bomani, Akil. "Revolutionary Communist 4 Tour: What the Heck Was That?". Kasama Project. Archived from the original on 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Observations by a Reader on the RCP's Response to Mike Ely's Nine Letters". Revolution #135,. revcom.us. July 13, 2008. 
  7. ^ "COMMUNISM:THE BEGINNING OF A NEW STAGE A Manifesto from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA". ,. revcom.us. September 2008. 

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