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Announcement :: Education
Socialism is Much Better Than Capitalism, and Communism Will Be a Far Better World
19 Feb 2006
Raymond Lotta, Maoist Political Economist and Author Speaks at Harvard
Coming to Harvard
Raymond Lotta
Maoist political economist and author, speaks on why and how:

Socialism Is Better Than Capitalism,
and Communism Will Be a Far Better World

6:00 pm Thursday, February 23, 2006
Emerson Hall, Rm 105 (in Harvard Yard)

Unjust war in Iraq and the "normalization" of torture…half the planet living on less than $2 a day…strangulation of the Earth’s ecosystem…natural disasters like tsunamis and hurricanes that become social disasters because of heartless social systems.
Do things have to be this way?
Over and over we’re told that this is "the best of all possible worlds…the only possible world…and you might as well accept it."
But there is an alternative.
Socialist revolutions in the Soviet Union (1917–1956) and China (1949–1976) and Mao’s Cultural Revolution accomplished great and unprecedented things. They opened liberating vistas that humanity can build on.

Raymond Lotta will tell you why. And he has the facts to back it up.

An honest conversation is urgently needed about the real experience of socialism, including shortcomings and errors, in order to point the way to a far better future for humanity.

If you feel angry with the way the world is, you need to hear Raymond Lotta.

RAYMOND LOTTA has written numerous books and articles including America in Decline and Maoist Economics andthe Revolutionary Road to Communism. He writes for Revolution newspaper. He has lectured internationally and has spoken at major anti-globalization activities in the Philippines and India.
Raymond Lotta’s talk is part of "Set the Record Straight," a project inspired by the writings of Bob Avakian. This effort will take on the distortions, misrepresentations, and supporting scholarship that hold such sway in academia about the first wave of socialist revolutions —in the Soviet Union (1917–1956) and in China (1949–1976).

"Set the Record Straight" P.O. Box 981 • Chicago, IL 60690-0981
617-388-5253 • SetTheRecordStraight (at) www.ThisIsCommunism
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RCP is anti-communist
20 Feb 2006
The RCP has an idealistic perspective on history that focuses on the professed agendas of the ruling clique, rather than the social forms of property ownership, which marxists use to interprest social processes.

So it's nice of them to propagandize about the virues of communism, with which I substantially agree, but they themselves won't defend the gains of the great workers' revolutions, just because one bureaucratic clique who Mao once criticized (for shortsighted Stalinist reasons) has replaced another. The great history of people's movements and revolutionary upheavals becomes, to these idealist anti-communists, just a series of palace coups. In this they are similar to the anarchists, and just as opposed to the actual socialist movement.

Read "China: the Struggle Within" by Sam Marcy