The goal of Communism is a classless society based on the principle: from each according to his ability and to each according to his needs. The aim is to change the present world into a Communist world where there will be no exploiters and no exploited, no oppressor and oppressed, no rich and no poor. Communists fight for a world where there will be no unemployment, no poverty and starvation, disease and ignorance. In such a world there will be no capitalists, no imperialists, no fascists. There will be neither colonies nor wars.
Marxists and revolutionaries that shook the world | Thomas Sankara
“You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. […] We must dare to invent the future.” (1985)
I looked up and saw bullets coming from what seemed like the front of the apartment and the kitchen area in the back. Bullets were going into the mattress. The sparks of light, the bed vibrating — I knew with all this going on, it was over. At some point the shooting stopped. Fred didn’t move anymore.
I came out with my hands up. There were two lines of police I had to walk though. One of them grabbed my robe and pulled it open. I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant then. ‘Well, what do you know. We have a pregnant broad.’ Another policeman grabbed me by my hair and slung me into the kitchen area.
I looked around and saw Ron Satchel on the dining room floor. He had blood all over him. Verlina Brewer was in the kitchen, bleeding. She started to fall. They grabbed her and threw her against the refrigerator.
Then more shooting. I heard a voice that wasn’t familiar to me say, ‘He’s barely alive. He’ll barely make it.’ I assumed they were talking about Fred. The shooting started again, just for a brief period. It stopped. Then another unfamiliar voice said, ‘He’s good and dead now.’
Akua Njeri,Black liberation fighter, widow of Fred Hampton and mother of Fred Hampton Jr. (via spectresofmodernity)
The powerless, by definition, can never be “racists,” for they can never make the world pay for what they feel or fear except by suicidal endeavor which makes them fanatics or revolutionaries, or both; whereas, those in power can be urbane and charming and invite you to those homes which they know you will never own. The powerless must do their own dirty work. The powerful have it done for them.
If the masses have trouble understanding, it’s still our fault. We have to correct errors, be more precise, adapt ourselves to the masses, and not try to adapt the masses to our own desires and our own dreams. Revolutionaries are not afraid of their mistakes. They have the political courage to admit them publicly, because doing so means a commitment to correcting them and doing better. We should prefer one step forward together with the people to ten steps forward without the people.
Taken from “Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-1987” (page 399)
And while saying to myself that time was running out, and that soon it would be too late, was perhaps too late already, to settle the matter in question, I felt myself drifting towards other cares, other phantoms.
Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I have to bang my head against some hard door to call myself back to the body.
The proletarian woman needs political rights because she exercises the same economic function, slaves away for capital in the same way, maintains the state in the same way, and is bled dry and suppressed by it in the same way as the male proletarian. She has the same interests and takes up the same weapons to defend them. Her political demands are rooted deep in the social abyss that separates the class of the exploited from the class of the exploiters, not in the antagonism between man and woman but in the antagonism between capital and labor.