Deep Rift in Chicago: "Shame on the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago."
I am pleased that the vast majority of Myers commenters support Sunsara Taylor and are disgusted with the EHSC.
A couple of items from my own personal experience:
I know Sunsara personally, and I've heard her speak. She's a terrific speaker and extremely smart and morally grounded. I don't know whether she self-identifies as a humanist, but she is most definitely passionately concerned with the well-being of all humanity, and that's good enough for me. Any organization that considers itself in the least bit open-minded and concerned about ethical humanism would benefit greatly from having her speak.
Unlike some of Myers commenters, I do not believe that there must be "something more" to the story concerning the assault and arrest of the videographer. The police are prone to excessive violence; its an occupational hazard. Oversight and disciple are honored far more in the breach than the observance. In any case of police violence, I presume the officers are guilty until proven innocent.
Basically the police shouldn't have been there in the first place; there was simply no good reason for them to be there in force, only the paranoia and hysteria of the EHSC.
Revolution Magazine and its writers, the Revolutionary Communist Party, and Bob Avakian do not advocate a "revolutionary dictatorship" in the sense of putting one person with absolute power in charge of the government. They advocate the dictatorship of the proletariat in contrast to our present system of dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, i.e. making the government an instrument of privileging the workers instead of the owners of capital. Whether or not you like the word "dictatorship" it's actually true that we do in fact live under a dictatorship of the bourgeoisie; what rights the workers and ordinary people have are granted only by the sufferance of the capitalists. Communism aims to reverse this orientation with the ultimate goal of making a classless society where it becomes meaningless to talk about privileging one class over over another. Whether this goal can be achieved remains to be seen.
In all my dealings with those associated with or promoting the RCP, I have never once encountered anyone perpetrating an offense against reason or truth. I don't agree with everything they say (of course, I don't agree with everything that anyone says) in the complex and emotional field of politics, but they exhibit the highest standards of reasoned evidentiary argumentation and respect for truth.
I am quick and severe to judge offenses against truth without regard for ideology or position (as many atheists and socialists will attest); the RCP has never given me reason to judge them negatively on this issue of paramount importance.
I've actually been a member of a personality cult, and I can attest that while those associated with the RCP have a considerable amount of respect for, loyalty to and appreciation of Bob Avakian (well earned, I might add: Avakian is smart and eloquent, and goes to considerable lengths to substantiate his arguments), the RCP is definitely not a personality cult. I've seen them exhibit nothing more than the ordinary loyalty, discipline and solidarity common to any organization that aspires to effective, organized action.