AWTW17

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Right to Rule — Dictatorship and Democracy

Do the Masses Have the Right to Rule?

Once again, life-and-death questions for the revolution are the focus of sharp debate throughout the world. The Marxist-Leninist-Maoist party is being decried as a tool of oppression rather than a weapon for liberation. At stake is nothing less than the "right" of the proletariat and the oppressed masses to rise up in revolution and establish their own rule, the dictatorship of the proletariat, and carry through the long revolutionary transformation of society until the abolition of classes, communism, is achieved.

The AWTW Editorial Board calls for a vigorous counter-offensive to hold high the teachings of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought. Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, offers a stinging rebuke to the article "On Proletarian Democracy", a draft document of the Central Reorganising Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) prepared under the leadership of its Secretary, K. Venu.

Communism Marches Forward in Peru

The People's War led by the Communist Party of Peru (PCP) has advanced to a new stage: strategic equilibrium. The revolutionary army has become strong enough to win relative stability for the revolutionary base areas, where the poor peasants and other masses in the countryside hold political power. The political power of the masses is the guerrillas' "secret weapon", driving forward the development of the whole war. Today, Yankee analysts and politicians are considering the prospects for a countrywide PCP victory — and planning out a whole new level of aggression to try to prevent it.