Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line

Bob Avakian

If There Is To Be Revolution, There Must Be A Revolutionary Party


First Published in pamphlet form: June 1982.
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Paul Saba
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Publisher’s Note: Shortly after the publication of “Conquer the World? The International Proletariat Must and Will” by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (Revolution magazine, No. 50, December 1981), Comrade Avakian responded to a number of questions from a comrade who has been involved in the revolutionary struggle throughout the decades of the ’60, ’70s, and into the ’80s. The answers elaborate on a number of questions raised in “Conquer the World. . . ”. Excerpts from this series of questions and answers were published in the Revolutionary Worker.
In this pamphlet we reprint those excerpts dealing with questions about the party. They originally appeared in RW issues 136-144.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why We Are “What Is To Be Done?”-ists

Chapter 2: Can You Do Away With Leadership?

Chapter 3: Internationalism and the Mass Line

Chapter 4: Lessons from Iran on Coming From Behind to Build the Party

Chapter 5: The Party: The Key Part of Organizing Forces

Chapter 6: Pay Attention to the Day to Day Needs of the Masses – But Don’t Overdo It!

Chapter 7: More on the Party and Mass Movements in Relation to the Revolutionary Goal

Chapter 8: A Party Is Not a Holy Thing – It’s Got to Be A Vanguard

Chapter 9: A Social Base for Proletarian Internationalism