What is Money?

By Bob Avakian

Revolutionary Worker #1057, June 4, 2000

In today's world, money is a sign that somebody is being robbed. It is an expression of a social relation--a relation between people, or groups of people--in which there are exploiters and exploited, oppressors and oppressed....

All this is why we communists are not motivated by the drive for more and more money. Worshiping money is like worshiping the image of the very system that exploits and oppresses our people, the proletarians. Communists are the vanguard of the proletariat in rising up to rid itself of these social relations of modern-day capitalist slavery.

We are not "out for No. 1"--that is the dog-eat-dog outlook of the dogs that exploit and oppress us, and we won't beat them by learning to bark and bite like them! We are exploited as a class, as proletarians, and it is by uniting as a class and putting the interests of our class above our own selfish interests--it is only in this way that we can overthrow this system and move on to make a much better world.

"The day the dollar dies, things are gonna be better.... The day the dollar dies...won't need no pockets" (from a song by Peter Tosh)

Bob Avakian, Chairman of the RCP, USA

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