The Bob Avakian Institute is a nonprofit institute organized for educational purposes. Its mission is to preserve, project, and promote the works and vision of Bob Avakian with the aim of reaching the broadest possible audience.
Bob Avakian (BA) is the most important political thinker and leader in the world today.
Bob Avakian is completely different than the endless stream of bourgeois politicians who are put forward as “leaders,” whose goal is to maintain one variation or another of this system of capitalism-imperialism that is founded on and perpetuates itself through cruel and literally life-stealing exploitation, murderous oppression, and massive destruction, in all parts of the world. BA is a revolutionary who bases himself on the scientific understanding that this system must finally be overthrown through an organized struggle involving millions of people, and replaced with a system that is oriented to and capable of meeting the most fundamental needs of humanity and enabling humanity to become fit caretakers of the earth.
Avakian skillfully weaves together the unique challenge we confront with the very specific brand of American fascism we face with Trump, the white nationalist Christian fascism of Pence, together with a historical context of how we got here—while issuing a very specific call to action now because this is a true worldwide emergency.
Matthew ShippMusician and composer
Having gone and listened to a live, public Bob Avakian speech, as I have, is to be exposed to one of the most provocative, serious and controversial social thinkers of our time. He’s an American original who should be heard, debated and critiqued for these dramatic and troubling times.
James Vrettosprofessor, John Jay College, NYC
…more important than a wake-up call, it’s a call to action… so we can fight, resist, organize, mobilize against this fascist regime that we have in the U.S.
Father Luis BarriosHolyrood Church/Iglesia Santa Cruz, New York City
Bob Avakian is a man living in truth. This man doesn’t blink. Avakian’s talk was so penetrating, convincing and compassionate…. use this talk to deal with the fear factor, the apathy, the propaganda machine, the distraction and dumbing down to the max. Instead, refuse to live on the dark side and be focused on stopping this fascism.
Ernesto de la LozaStreet Artist ‒ Muralist ‒ “The Ghetto Rooster”
I love it when he talks about my people being all people… My people across the board—I don’t care who they are…he always puts the struggle against white supremacy at the center… Second, the centrality of the issue of gender, the vicious forms of patriarchy… Third, empire—invasions, dominations… And the fourth, the planet—not just global warming. It’s ecological catastrophe… … Read more
Dr. Cornel Westspeaking about THE NEW COMMUNISM at the launch for the book
Bob Avakian is a compelling advocate for real social change, and the more his voice and vision are exposed—and the film … is a powerful vehicle—the more I’m convinced that others will feel a need to join him on the ramparts.
Herb BoydAuthor, journalist and activist
This country and this world are in turmoil. What Bob Avakian says about having a revolution in Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution — this may be the only answer. … my god the people of this country and all over the planet need this!
Isabel CardenasAn American-Salvadoran U.S. citizen activist since 1960