Here’s the question that seems to provide no answers: a U.S. communist leader endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. Is it a kiss of death for Biden’s ambitions, or is it perfectly irrelevant?
The story would be outrageously funny if only people realized who this intrepid leader, known as Bob Avakian, is. The fact he prefers Biden to the incumbent, Donald Trump, is not as important. The fact the original U.S. Communist Party of the U.S.A. wasn’t communist enough for him is much more relevant.
High treason as a matter of policy
Herewith a few facts to remember: the original Communist Party of the U.S.A. (CPUSA for short) used to serve Soviet intelligence and sundry Soviet political organizations as a conduit. It included a number of CPUSA members who were not on its rolls. They would remain (as they called it) clandestine members: not tarnished by this kind of membership in the eyes of U.S. security agencies, they could have better access to either positions of snooping, or positions of exerting influence.
The CPUSA would also help Soviet intelligence agencies (both the political arm, ranging in names from Cheka through NKVD to KGB, and the military arm, the GRU). The CPUSA helped infiltrate their own country with Soviet so-called illegals: spies or saboteurs who had entered the country through all kinds of intermediaries, through a number of other countries, under assumed names and with concocted life stories, a.k.a. legends.
In return, CPUSA would be reimbursed rather handsomely through a complex network of money-laundering channels. All that to make sure it did not have to report itself as a foreign government agent to U.S. authorities.
The CPUSA expressed misgivings about Mikhail Gorbachev’s attempts to square the circle by reforming communism, and the flow of laundered money stopped almost immediately afterwards.
Bob Avakian’s Revolutionary Communist Party USA (RCPUSA for short) had been at odds with the Soviet system long before its official predecessor. Mao, rather than Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev (and all those who would follow) was (and is) their hero.
Mao preached permanent revolution, just like Leon Trotsky used to. Except that Mao ruled his country and could try it, while Trotsky could only make speeches in his Mexican exile, until Stalin’s patience ran thin, and he had him murdered.
Bob Avakian is the guy who says he supports Joe Biden’s candidacy. Whether he’s self-obsessed enough to believe that his endorsement will get Joe Biden over the hump, is not as important as is the sight of mainstream media. They are tip-toeing around this piquant addition to the news cycle as if it was a ticking bomb. In fairness, some would briefly mention it, but none of them would delve into any details.
Comrade Avakian couched his view into “lesser evil” vocabulary: the U.S. currently lives under a “fascist regime” and, if President Donald Trump is still in office this coming November, then it follows that people need to vote “against Trump by voting for Biden.”
So far, so good. Comrade Avakian’s rhetoric matches what the Democratic Party (and most mainstream media) have been proclaiming all along.
Whether he knows that fascism and communism have been twin siblings right from the beginning of time, or whether comrade Avakian is even more illiterate than what his statements make him out to be, would be relevant only when the time comes and we all appear before the Ultimate Judge.
Comrade Avakian’s throwing the words ‘fascism’ and ‘fascist’ around like nobody’s business is relevant now.
“We are confronted by — we are now being ruled by — a fascist regime.
“[T]his election is different,” he continued.
“The question is not whether Biden and the Democrats represent something ‘good,’ or whether, in fundamental terms, the Democrats are ‘better’ than the Republicans. Both of these parties are ruling class political parties, and none of their candidates represent anything ‘good’ in the most basic and essential sense. Biden is not ‘better’ than Trump.”
A hint of coup d’état?
This led comrade Avakian to an eerily illogical conclusion: “If the Trump/Pence regime is still in power by the time of the election, in spite of mass mobilizations demanding the ouster of this regime, then the struggle against this fascist regime needs to include voting against Trump by voting for Biden.”
Comrade Avakian hastened to add, so everyone understands: “To be clear, this means not a ‘protest vote’ for some candidate who has no chance of winning, but actually voting for the Democratic Party candidate, Biden, in order to effectively vote against Trump,” said the Communist leader.
“At this critical hour, every appropriate means of non-violent action must be utilized to remove this regime from power.”
To illuminate all and sundry, the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA proclaims that it has “taken on the responsibility to lead revolution in the U.S., the belly of the imperialist beast, as its principal share of the world revolution and the ultimate aim of communism. This Party is built on and takes as its foundation the new synthesis of communism that has been brought forward through the body of work and method and approach of Bob Avakian.”
What came next was the usual politicking and pre-election posturing. Avakian’s endorsement demonstrates that Joe Biden is an “empty vessel for the radical left,” Trump’s campaign said.
The fact that it seems Joe Biden considers Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) for his vice-president didn’t escape Trump campaign’s attention, either. Ms. Bass has been known as a left-wing radical. She has praised communist dictator Fidel Castro and travelled to Cuba many times with left-wing activists.
“This is who Biden may put a heartbeat away from the presidency,” observed the Trump/Pence campaign office, adding the inevitable observation: “Joe Biden is too weak to be president and too weak to stand up to the radical left. … [A] Terrifying cabal which now includes active communist leaders.”
To drive the point home, Jeffrey Lord, a contributing writer for NewsBusters.org, compiled a list that says it all (it is enhanced a bit here, when compared to Jeffrey Lord’s original):
The Soviet Union: at least 20 million deaths (some research puts the total at twice as many).
China: at least 65 million deaths (again, some research puts the total at at least twice as many).
Vietnam: at least 1 million deaths directly attributable to communist takeover.
North Korea: definitely more than 2 million deaths.
Cambodia: 2 million deaths as a bare minimum (remember Pol-Pot?).
Eastern Europe: 1 million deaths attributed directly to communism, with at least just as many as so-called secondary victims.
Latin America: at least 150,000 deaths.
Africa: much more than the 1.7 million deaths listed officially: in addition to class-driven violence, race-driven genocide, etc., there is too the famine caused by various Marxism-oriented governments.
Afghanistan: at least 1.5 million deaths attributed to the results of the Soviet invasion, many more if counting the consequences.
In other words? About 100 million dead as a direct result of communism. And counting.
The many violent groups that have been wreaking havoc throughout the United States during the last few years have always tried to look independent of one another. Antifa is something else than Black Lives Matter, and so on.
It was a skilfully arranged attempt at deception that would work more often than not. Only if you cared to look deeper into who is doing what and how this or that group runs this or that kind of operation, the similarities would begin to emerge. And their fiery vocabularies look and sound as if taken directly from the infamous sloganeering hymnbooks of totalitarian regimes.
And now, the openly anti-democratic revolutionary communist leader issues a call for unity among those gangsters.
Yes, the CPUSA and the RCPUSA (to use their own abbreviations: totalitarian regimes just love them) may have less than a dozen thousand members between them. But: with the level of education all over North America (and the rest of the world, as well) gone to hell, especially in the fields of social sciences, it is pretty easy to use a few attractive slogans to sway the illiterate crowds. Those slogans can be perfectly empty so far as real content goes, but they are attractive. It is their simplicity and the play on such inglorious human frailties like envy that make them so attractive. And dangerous.
And the Marxist-Leninist group known as the Frankfurt School (in original German: die Frankfurter Schule) that has been quietly destroying the American education system since the time Adolf Hitler kicked them out of Germany, is now reaping the fruits of its cancerous spread throughout the entire world in general, and North America in particular (Canada has not been spared).
These people flourished during the so-called Weimar Republic stage of German history (1918-1933), and their efforts helped bring the country to her knees to such extent that Adolf Hitler’s arrival on the scene seemed to be the only workable solution.
Judging by the organized chaos and violence spreading all across the U.S. these days, this is precisely where the American Republic seems to be headed.
Most of American citizens have never experienced anything like it.
Here’s a warning from those who had lived through it: this is not about been there, done that, got the T-shirt.
This is about the fact that once you lose your freedoms, basic freedoms you have been taking for granted, it will require Herculean effort to win them back. And the success will be far from certain.
The writing’s on the wall. Heed it.