Watch the Parking Meters
Not long ago, Revolution, the newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, announced that it would soon be running a special issue about its leader, Chairman Bob Avakian.
Some of you cynics out there might be thinking, "Isn't that like publishing a special edition of the Bible about God?" That is totally inappropriate. The Bible is a book, while a newspaper is a newspaper, and that distinction will exist even after the end of class society.
Anyway, the special issue is out and it's...well, special.
We go swiftly to the world-historical stratosphere and linger in its bracing ozone:
There has never been a leader like Bob Avakian in this country. Never one who has so consistently and so deeply confronted and grappled with the deepest questions before people...and never one who fought so hard and so systematically to involve the people themselves in that grappling. Beyond that, this leader belongs in a deep and real way to the people of the world: at a time when the "science of revolution" demands a leap in its understanding in a number of crucial realms, he has stepped forward to fill that great need.
Can't help thinking of Eugene Debs, who said that he would not lead the masses into the promised land even if he could, because that would mean someone could lead them right back out again. ("I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks," he also said. "When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from the ranks.") But to continue:
We cannot allow a situation where the oppressors have a sharper understanding of what Bob Avakian represents than the people who hunger for a different, better world!
Yes, I'm sure that's all they ever talk about.
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