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by Nicole Loschke, staff writer

 

Hip-hop lyrics shouted through the speakers about a “new world order…” Posters called to “stop attacks on immigrants.” Buttons read, “Bush is a four letter word.” And the shelves of the Revolution Book Store were filled with titles addressing today’s many controversial issues.

Revolution Books, at 1019 University Ave behind Puck’s Alley at University Square, was established 30 years ago, according to Carolyn Hadfield, who has been on staff for 26 of those years. Hadfield and the other volunteer staff are all members of the Revolutionary Communist Party.
The party follows the ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, as stated in Revolution, the party’s newspaper and voice, which challenges “those with a burning desire to see a drastic change for the better, all those who dare to dream and to act to bring about a completely new and better world.”
The party operates 12 bookstores across the country, each a research base for its region, Hadfield said. The staff analyzes revolutionary history and selects all the books on the shelves.

“ What we’re trying to do,” Hadfield said, “is find out what is true in the world.” But she admitted, “It [the bookstore] is absolutely swayed to one side.”

According to Hadfield, the goal of the Revolutionary Communist Party is to abolish capitalism.

“ Consciousness and understanding in the world is going to get us to that goal,” Hadfield said.

The bookstores serve as a way to create the consciousness and understanding Hadfield speaks of. Titles found on the shelves include: Stem Cell Now, The Counter-Creationism Handbook, The New Gay Teenager, and Hatfield’s number one recommendation, From Ike to Mao and Beyond, written by the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Bob Avakian.

The book is about Avakian’s experiences while transforming his lifestyles from mainstream American to Revolutionary Communist. Hadfield praised Avakian for being a leader with love for the people.
“ The most essential thing,” Hadfield said, “if you’re a revolutionary, is love for the people. If you can’t relate to the people, you’re a nutcase.”

People who can’t relate to others in the group “think they’re better than everyone else, pretty soon they’re going to do something stupid,” she added.

Under Avakian’s leadership the party publishes the weekly Revolution, manages bookstores, researchers issues, and supports other organizations. While a lot of movements relate to the bookstore, Hadfield wouldn’t call the store itself a movement. Rather it is a means of dispensing truth.
The party doesn’t hold demonstrations, but they do support other organizations that do. The World Can’t Wait is the primary organization the party is currently with.

The party and the bookstores together work to “to change things to better the world and to work with those who want to do that,” Hadfield said.

For more information, visit www.revcom.us.

 
 

 

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