A panel on the occasion of the release of Raymond Lottaâ€™s new eBook "You Donâ€™t Know What You Think You â€˜Knowâ€™ About... The Communist and the REAL Path to Emancipation: Its History and Our Future." It offers unique historical analysis and assessment of the Paris Commune of 1871, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917-56, and the Chinese revolution of 1949-76: what these revolutions and their leadership actually set out to do, the liberating economic, social, and cultural transformations brought about, the problems and shortcomings.
A vital contribution to this yearâ€™s Left Forum thematic. Here was â€œtotal revolutionâ€â€”a new state power, society turned upside down supporting world revolution. Yet the need and basis, applying Bob Avakianâ€™s new synthesis of communism, to go further and do better in a new stage of revolution.
Lotta argues: â€œthe whole history of communism thus far shows that the world does not have to be this way.â€ Key yardsticks: overcoming the oppression of women, uprooting the oppression of minority nationalities, breaking down the mental-manual divide. Key historical controversies: Stalin, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and why these revolutions were ultimately defeated. A central issue: â€œhow do we know what is trueâ€ about these revolutions given conventional wisdom, held even by many progressive people, that these revolutions were nightmarish failures?