The communist group that burned American flags outside a Jason Aldean concert in Chicago on Saturday night has previously been called a “cult” and “pyramid scheme” by dozens of left-wing organizations and activists.
The Revolutionary Communist Party, also known as RevCom, was denounced by 23 feminist and abortion rights groups in a scathing 2022 letter calling on activists to avoid the organization during protests following the repeal of abortion legislation. abortion Roe v. Wade.
“RevCom and its fronts – RiseUp and Refuse Fascism – are known for raising tens of thousands of dollars and using those funds to pay RevCom leaders,” the letter said.
The group and its affiliates “essentially function as pyramid schemes that take advantage of social movements,” he continued, saying that the groups’ “only goal appears to be to gain more followers to raise more and more money.”
The letter sparked criticism that has dogged RevCom for years, accusing it of being “a cult of personality” around its founder, 80-year-old “new communist” writer Bob Avakian.
“Although RevCom fervently denies accusations of being a cult, RevCom’s own website states that the only effective way to achieve social change is to follow Avakian’s leadership and teachings,” the letter said.
As RevCom protesters burned flags and chanted “Fuck the US and all its power” outside Aldean’s concert over the weekend, they also carried signs reading “Watch Bob Avakian’s Interviews,” a statement which is omnipresent on the group’s website, at rallies, and on Internet messaging.
“Bob Avakian is the most important political thinker and leader in the world today,” the RevCom website writes of its leader.
Protesters from a Chicago branch of the Revolutionary Communist Party burn an American flag in Chicago on Saturday. The Revcoms / Facebook
Bob Avakian, 80, founder and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party. He has been accused of leading a cult.Revcom.us
“Bob Avakian is the architect of an entirely new framework of human emancipation, the new synthesis of communism, popularly referred to as the ‘new communism,’” the website continues, before reiterating the point again.
“Being a communist today means following Bob Avakian and the new path he has forged.”
On RevCom social media, it is rare to find a post that does not end with a mention of Avakian’s greatness and a plea to read or listen to his teachings.
The Revolutionary Communist Party believes that a world revolution is needed to overthrow capitalism and liberate humanity. The Revcoms / Facebook
Avakian has been a divisive figure across the American communist landscape since he rose to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s, and critics raise eyebrows at the sectarian following that has sprung up around his teachings, which largely draw on to their “scientific understanding.” that capitalism must be overthrown by millions of people undertaking a global revolution.
“Let’s get to the basics: we need a revolution. Anything else is ultimately nonsense. —Bob Avakian, Basics 3:1,” quotes RevCom’s website, which includes a quasi-biblical verse address from one of Avakian’s books.
RevCom has denied accusations that it is a cult, calling the label “complete and utter nonsense” in a 2014 article that argued that anyone calling for the Revolutionary Communist Party must ultimately be under the influence of capitalist propaganda. -imperialist.
The group did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.
Protesters at the Aldean concert burned several American flags and eventually dispersed after warnings from police. News2Share / Youtube
About 20 members of a chapter of Chicago’s RevCom gathered outside the Credit Union 1 Amphitheater in Tinley Park during Aldean’s concert, criticizing his controversial song “Try that in a Small Town,” which took over used footage of protesters in big cities. of his city. video, which they called “a fascist piece of s**t.”
“Guess what, Jason? We will try it in a small city,” activist Rafael Kadaris told the Chicago Tribune.
“We will try it in a big city. And we will try it right before his concert.”
Aldean’s song has been accused of criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement, glorifying gun violence, and being against civil protests, which he has denied. The video for the song was removed from rotation by the CMT network shortly after its release.
The RevCom protesters eventually dispersed following warnings from police, with no arrests made.