Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


New Book Debunks Lies About Communism

New Book Debunks Lies About Communism, Documents Its Liberating Achievements... Author Argues More Relevant Than Ever


Contact: SettheRecordStraight@hotmail.com


The last few years have witnessed major uprisings and protests—from Egypt to Brazil to the Occupy movements. At the same time, a conversation is opening up about staggering levels of inequality and shrinking opportunity. Big questions are being raised about capitalism, in a way that has not been seen for decades.

And Raymond Lotta is addressing the biggest question of all: “is there an alternative?” The elephant in the room is socialism and communism.

1) The standard argument is that while communism might have been a good idea it was an absolute “failure” and “horror” in practice… and in any event is dead.

“Not true,” declares Lotta, political economist and expert in the history of communism. In his bold, new eBook: You Don’t Know What You Think You “Know” About the Communist Revolution and the REAL Path to Emancipation: Its History and Our Future, Lotta makes the case that:

*Communism was and is indeed a very good idea and theory.
*The socialist revolutions in the Soviet Union (1917-56) and China (1949-76) accomplished unprecedented things. These were revolutions working to overcome the discrimination against and subjugation of minority nationalities, to liberate women, to promote an ethos of cooperation and working for the common good, and to unleash people to change society and themselves.
*These first revolutions did not fail but were defeated. But that’s not the end of the story.
*There is today a new synthesis of communism brought forward by Bob Avakian. He has summed up the achievements as well as the shortcomings and problems of these first communist revolutions—and developed a profoundly emancipatory communism.

2) It is said that, for all its problems, capitalism is the best and only of all possible systems.

“Not so,” answers Lotta:
“Capitalism-imperialism is the cause of incredible suffering and is the real failure. We live in a world of predator drones and NSA super-surveillance; of the pervasive degradation, brutalization, and objectification of women; of unmet needs and grotesque inequalities—a world where 18,000 children, most of them in the poor countries, die each and every day of preventible disease and malnutrion.

“What kind of society imprisons 1 of 9 Black youth? What do you say about a system that causes spreading environmental catastrophe and only acts to make things worse?

“At such a time, in such a world, communism, communist revolution, is more needed and more relevant than ever. People need to know the truth, the true history of communism—not the history told by the same system that went to war in Iraq on the basis of its lies of ‘weapons of mass destruction.’ They need to know that communism is not some utopian ideal but a visionary and practical way to tackle the great problems of humanity and to create a world in which human beings can truly flourish and protect the planet. ”

A provocative and engaging speaker, Raymond Lotta brings a unique perspective to the table. Arrange an interview by contacting SettheRecordStraight@hotmail.com, 312-399-1981.

About the eBook
Raymond Lotta’s new eBook, You Don’t Know What You Think You “Know” About the Communist Revolution and the REAL Path to Emancipation: Its History and Our Future, is a wide-ranging history and analysis of communism, based on a series of interviews. It is available at Amazon and other retailers, and a review copy can be obtained from the publisher, Insight Press (www.insight-press.com).

Dongping Han, author of The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village:
Raymond Lotta’s research and argumentation, particularly about the Russian revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, demonstrate forcefully once again that a better world for humanity is indeed possible. Anybody who does not want to witness the slow but sure destruction of our environment and our humanity as well should find inspiration from Lotta’s book.

John Hutnyk, author of Pantomime Terror: Music and Politics and Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies:
Everything you “know” about the revolution is untrue. You need to surf the first wave and get on board for the next rising tide. Lotta offers a book that sets sail towards that horizon with unflinching commitment to the better future that we need.

About the Author

Raymond Lotta is an advocate for Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of communism. He is a political economist, author of America in Decline, and writer for Revolution. Lotta has done extensive research on socialist revolution in the 20th century--including on issues of socialist planning and the restoration of capitalism in the formerly socialist Soviet Union and China. His writings on the history and achievements of the Cultural Revolution in China include Maoist Economics and the Revolutionary Road to Socialism and And Mao Makes 5. Lotta lectures widely in the U.S. and internationally and directs the “Set the Record Straight Project,” which brings out the truth of the Soviet and Chinese revolutions and provides web resources (www.thisiscommunism.org).

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news