Inside: The Future is Up to Us
Unconsciously or consciously, in small or big ways, history is the record of human activity. We make our own history. Not in just any old way, but as part of a whole, in the thoughts and actions of all. Often, in just the small acts of daily living and then, at times, in outstanding heroics.
Rally, Comrades! speaks to and for the tens of thousands of exceptional people of our time, those who call themselves revolutionaries in a revolutionary time. People make history under certain conditions, of which the economic foundation of society is ultimately the decisive, though by no means the only, determining factor. Culture, political life, and the ideas that shape human understanding all play a role in times of revolutionary change, and especially the ideas that guide peoples’ activity.
Revolutionary ideas are pivotal in a time when the economic foundation of society is undergoing epochal revolutionary change. Using scientific methodology, revolutionaries study, analyze, sum up, and share their knowledge of the underlying causes of the epochal change, and what is needed to achieve humanity’s vision.
In June, 2014, such revolutionaries came together for the 8th National Convention of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. The Political Resolution and Program approved by this Convention, and published in this issue of Rally, Comrades!, are most importantly a battle plan, outlining LRNA’s goal. They map out the terrain and forces at play and how to accomplish the necessary tasks.
The LRNA Program sums up the epochal economic revolution underlying everything human society is experiencing. Embracing the whole movement, it lays out the political direction and immediate political tasks, and identifies the forces that can bring a new society into being. For the first time in history, an objective communist class is forming that will become the foundation of communist political movement. The overriding task of revolutionaries is to create and imbue this class with a vision of a cooperative society. The LRNA aims to bring together revolutionaries into an organization to unite around the practical demands of the new class, and accomplish this goal.
The LRNA Political Resolution describes the world as it is in all its complexity, identifies the critical changes taking place, gives an estimate of the relationship of the forces in the country, and details the overriding tasks for all revolutionaries at this stage of the revolutionary process.
The other two articles in this issue, while not documents of the National Convention, show the skillful application of the perspective and analysis they provide. “Independent Politics in the Fall Elections”, describes the environment for carrying out political work.
Many who care about the future of the globe realize that the Democratic and Republican parties serve only the interests of the wealthy and corporations, and are striving for political organizations independent of these two parties. Revolutionaries are called to educate them around the ideals and the practical possibility of a cooperative society. It is time to bring revolutionary ideas to the movement for independent politics.
With the passing of General Gordon Baker Jr. the world lost a hero of the people, an exceptional man. The article “General Gordon Baker, Jr: The Evolution of a Revolutionary” is the first part of a two part series describing his life and contribution to the revolutionary movement. General constantly strived to understand the world, and what the revolutionary process needed from him at each stage of his life’s development. He understood that the struggle needs revolutionary leadership, and he dedicated his life to developing the organizations that could provide that. His life and contribution show, armed with a vision of the future, and an understanding of our times, each and every one of us can contribute to making a better world for all.
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The age-old vision of a world without scarcity, without exploitation, class domination, organized violence, and stultifying labor has been the dream of millenia. The new completely socialized labor-eliminating means of production ... sets the basis for its realization. Now human history can begin, the light of the individual shining in the full brightness of liberated life, that can only be realized within true equality and cooperation: communism, a cooperative society.'Without Vision, the People Perish'
Rally, Comrades ! May/June 2011