Revolution #216, November 14, 2010

Beneath the spin of "mandates" and "pendulum swings," beneath the fantasies of "the people have spoken," lies the reality. In the wake of the midterm elections, we urge our readers to go online and check out the following articles:

"The Continuing Relevance and Importance of the 'Pyramid Analysis'"
an excerpt from
"Unresolved Contradictions, Driving Forces for Revolution"
an edited transcript of a Talk by
Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
Fall 2009

"This 'pyramid analysis' was first put forward more than five years ago now, in the question-and-answer session of the 'Revolution' talk (Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About). To briefly summarize this, the point is that you can conceive of the political structures and the way that they relate to the larger society in the U.S. as something of a pyramid: At the top you have the ruling class forces, which, speaking in broad strokes and for general purposes, are divided on the one hand into the Republican Party and on the other hand the Democratic Party, and what these parties represent in terms of 'conservatism' and 'liberalism' (about which I'll have more to say a little bit later); and then, continuing the metaphor of the pyramid, you have lines extending (or angling) from the top of the pyramid, where the ruling class sits with its two basic wings, down to the social bases that these different wings of the bourgeoisie at the top of the pyramid seek to appeal to—on the one side the 'right,' and on the other side the 'left,' in the terms that are utilized commonly in the framework of bourgeois politics. These two ruling class forces, and the political parties that generally represent them, appeal to people on the two sides of this pyramid, in terms of seeking their votes; and they also, at times at least, appeal to them to become politically active—but always within the framework of the dominant capitalist system, and on terms conforming to the interests of the ruling capitalist class, of which both of these political parties are representatives."

Read the entire article at, Revolution #185, December 13, 2009


Why It's Necessary
Why It's Possible
What It's All About

A Film of a Talk by Bob Avakian

In 2003 Chairman Bob Avakian delivered an historic talk in the United States, available on DVD. This talk is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey. 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. Full of heart and soul, humor and consciousness, it will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight.

"The Pyramid of Power and the Struggle to Turn This Whole Thing Upside Down"
From the Q&A of
Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About, a Film of a Talk by Bob Avakian
View it at

"The Center — Can It Hold? The Pyramid as Two Ladders" by Bob Avakian
Read it at

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Revolution is NOT a Tea Party!
Read it at, Revolution #211, September 12, 2010

Glenn Beck, the "Founding Fathers" ...and A REAL Radical Alternative
Part 1

Read it at, Revolution #210, August 29, 2010

It is this system that has got us in the situation we’re in today, and keeps us there. And it is through revolution to get rid of this system that we ourselves can bring a much better system into being. The ultimate goal of this revolution is communism: A world where people work and struggle together for the common good…Where everyone contributes whatever they can to society and gets back what they need to live a life worthy of human beings…Where there are no more divisions among people in which some rule over and oppress others, robbing them not only of the means to a decent life but also of knowledge and a means for really understanding, and acting to change, the world.

This revolution is both necessary and possible.

This capitalist-imperialist system is in crisis…This system is bankrupt…This system is rotten to the core…This system is based on ruthless exploitation…This system commits so many monstrous crimes, and causes so much unnecessary suffering. We do not need to be sacrificing even more to "rescue" this system. This system needs to be swept aside…its crimes against humanity stopped cold…its institutions dismantled, and replaced by ones that empower people to build a new society free of exploitation and oppression.

—From "The Revolution We Need... The Leadership We Have, A Message, And A Call, From The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA"
available at

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