Originally published May 16, 2017
There is a 21st century communism, and it’s called Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!
Let’s light the fires of communism in the hills of Pittsburgh!
There are big pigs, and there are little pigs. Peduto and the Pittsburgh Dems sell our neighborhoods and homes out from under us with their gentrifying developer partners, while the Trump/Pence-Endorsing Pittsburgh police creeps, terrorizes, threatens us, locks us away at whim in the death-trap called the Allegheny County Jail. Little pigs and big pigs.
But then, there are the people. Pittsburgh will go either to the people or to the pig. The NGOs, the legal-left, and the bosses’ state can’t and won’t help us — look at the do-nothing Citizen’s Police Review Board (zero convictions against pigs in the entirety of its existence) or the so-called socialist parties who only organize rallies and sell newspapers: rallies and radical literature are wonderful, but they’re only one small part of building people’s power. Isolated from the masses, who are the real makers of history, they can do next to nothing.
The big pigs, the little pigs, and the sell-out NGOs and do-nothing legal-left have only false or temporary solutions. They can’t get drugs or police and dealer violence out of our neighborhoods, or permanently keep lead out of our drinking water, or get us accessible healthy food (fuck Whole Foods).
We need to be willing and also able to struggle, we need to dare to win!
We CAN build our power until we’re able to shut down ICE kidnappings, crush white supremacist police terror, destroy abusers in our communities, and punish creepy shit bosses and manager-collaborators.
The masses are the real heroes. Any revolutionary communist must first recognize this, must recognize that an orientation towards the activist scene and its petit-bourgeois class character is a do-nothing strategy, a losing strategy. Sincere communists and revolutionists must orient themselves towards the masses, must learn from them and in turn teach them — this is called the mass line, and to practice it makes us Maoists.
DARE TO STRUGGLE DARE TO WIN!
WE MUST LEARN WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE THE PEOPLE!
EVERY CITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD CAN BECOME A CENTER OF REVOLUTION!
LET’S BUILD UP THE BASE AREAS!
LET’S BUILD UP THE PARTY, THE UNITED FRONT, AND THE PEOPLE’S ARMY