OverviewThis book makes the case for why humanity needs a communist revolution and deeply explores the means for actually bringing about such a liberating revolution. In this two-part work (“Part 1—Revolution and the State” and “Part 2—Building the Movement for Revolution”), Bob Avakian examines the contradictory dynamics of historical development in human society—and the possible pathways of change—and discusses the scientific methods and means for realizing the “Impossible Dream” of a viable and radically different world, one where humanity can soar beyond social relations characterized by domination, exploitation, and oppression. In a style that has been described as totally outrageous and eminently reasonable, Avakian punctures conventional thinking on a number of diverse themes (for example, the theory of “social contract,” notions of “human nature,” and today's “revolting culture”). In a penetrating critique, capitalism and the philosophies of the bourgeois epoch are sharply contrasted with the basic vision, principles, and approach of a new liberating society, including how this would be reflected in a constitution radically different than the current U.S. Constitution. Birds Cannot Give Birth to Crocodiles, But Humanity Can Soar Beyond the Horizon embodies the new synthesis of communism which Bob Avakian has been developing over the course of the past several decades, and provides new insights into the dynamics of social change and the strategy for revolution.
Author BiographyBob Avakian has been the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, since its founding in 1975. A veteran of the revolutionary upsurges of the 1960s and early 1970s, he has spent the past several decades critically analyzing and evaluating the experiences of the first wave of socialist revolutions, in Russia and then in China—distinguishing their historic accomplishments from their shortcomings, and identifying the causes of their ultimate reversals. On this basis, and drawing from a broad range of human experience in many different fields, Avakian has brought forward what he characterizes as a new synthesis of communism—arguing provocatively for the necessity, the possibility, and the liberating potential of revolution in the U.S. itself, as part of a worldwide struggle for communism, enabling humanity as a whole to finally move beyond relations of exploitation and oppression, and the antagonistic conflicts to which they give rise.Bob Avakian’s extensive body of work includes numerous books, other writings, and talks.