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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 19 Aug 2006, 17:42
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Post 12 Nov 2010, 14:37
So I did something I have surprisingly never done before. I went, yesterday, to the RCP's Revolution Books in Humbolt Park, Chicago. I acquired a fair amount of classic literature that I didn't have before. Without going into too much detail, I let the volunteers know that I admin this site which I claimed to be the largest communist discussion board on the net. So they let me know about some of the things they do there. These two ladies were very smart and have been involved in the movement for quite a while. I was given a copy of the new Constitution (draft proposal). I was asked to read it and if I could, come back to their Book Release on this Saturday to discuss it. Thought it may be fun.

I am not what you'd refer to as a Maoist, and I really have my reservations about Avakian, so I will read this carefully. I have to say they are fairly active in this area and have been for quite a while.

So far, if I look at the similarities for me and them, they end at revolutionary, rather than reformist, and Marxist-Leninist. I have done work with a few other parties in this area over the years, I haven't done anything with Bob & Friends simply because of Bob, and the fact they are essentially Maoists.

So I have a basic question to gather others opinions on:

If you had a choice of volunteering time, would you rather support the spread of Socialist knowledge with a Maoist/Revolutionary party (RCP) or a reformist party (CPUSA)?

I am not saying Join this party, Just lend some time towards. Also I have other options, but I am asking this based on there only being two primarily active parties in this area- both with printing facilities here in Chicago.

What do you think?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 12 Jun 2006, 02:14
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Post 12 Nov 2010, 15:22
I'd say go with the one with a larger audience.


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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 18 Apr 2010, 04:44
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Post 12 Nov 2010, 16:35
I'd read the party's constitution and determine exactly for myself what their brand of revolutionary Maoism is. I'd then ask myself if it's something I'd be comfortable with in practice, and if it's something I'd volunteer the time to act towards the establishment of, again, in practice. I'd volunteer nothing until I knew exactly what I was getting into.

As for the choice between RCP and CPUSA...wow, that's some slim pickin's. Don't PSL have a branch there as well?
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Post 12 Nov 2010, 20:38
yes they do. I have been in contact with them as well.

The RCP I just walked in on since they have a pretty good book store here. I am not seriously considering joining it..
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 11 Nov 2009, 07:13
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Post 15 Nov 2010, 00:08
I've picked up copies of the RCP's newspaper and constitution in Hawaii. For the most part, I like their coverage of current events, but disagree with the Cult of Personality around Bob.

Between CPUSA and RCP: its tough to choose. Probably RCP although I feel that at most I would subscribe to their newspaper and attend a rally or two. I would never submit an actual membership.

The CPUSA is so far behind on filing, it would be impossible to join anyways. I tried to join the YCP a year and a half ago, and have yet to receive any notice of my membership
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Post 16 Nov 2010, 06:25
Did the people at the store talk alot about Chariman Bob?
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Post 16 Nov 2010, 20:29
Red Brigade wrote:
Did the people at the store talk alot about Chariman Bob?

They certainly did in Philly. The RB there was as full of Bob-abilia as the DPRK metro is full of Wonder Kims. WAY too much "Cult of Bob" for my liking.
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Post 17 Nov 2010, 21:53
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Did the people at the store talk alot about Chariman Bob?


Ohhh yessss....

they were very well learned people and very nice.
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Post 19 Nov 2010, 06:50
I'd think the RCP could really be improved if they ditched the whole Bob Avakian worship thing. Then again though, it might be their way of "standing out" in leftist circles. I'd definitely support it over CPUSA in that case.

I laughed when I read they would be participating in the Burning Man by bringing some neon signs of Chairman Bob to the event. I'd laugh if participants in that event sitting there to some RCPer talking about the New Synthesis and thinking it was some form of LCD they made.
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Post 18 Apr 2011, 05:08
if I really HAD to choose. Id probably go with RCP. i looked at the site and it looked a little cult-ish and super devoted to their leader. CPUSA on the other hand looked really inactive and not as "real" as others like PSL
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