The true revolutionary is a doomed man.
The true revolutionary is concerned, not of frivolous personal pleasure, not of the pursuit of personal goals, but of the single-serving and all-consuming passion for revolution. The true revolutionary is motivated, not by opportunist and adventurist motives, but by an undying force of love for his oppressed countrymen, and an unflinching dedication to his countrymen’s national liberation struggle. He is guided, not by revolutionary ideals, by the revolutionary principles of Marxism–Leninism, the advanced theory of class struggle. For a man to be a true revolutionary, he is to make his personal issues, the class issues of his oppressed countrymen, and his personal goal, further motivated by a cold force of hatred for his countrymen’s oppressors, is to be the ultimate freeness of the working class, and ultimately, the victory of the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Only the success of such goals give the true revolutionary any personal pleasure. The true revolutionary, a man born into poverty, is to continue to live a life of poverty until such poverty has been totally eradicated. The true revolutionary continues to suffer until his oppressed countrymen suffer no more. If the revolutionary trades the material conditions of the proletarian, for the material condition of the bourgeoisie, and for a life of bourgeois frivolity, the revolutionary has betrayed his fellow countrymen and the totality of the revolution itself. The true revolution is selfless. He is an altruist. In essence, he is a proletarian.
This is the concept of revolutionary justice.
Justice is the concept of rightness based on [...] fairness.
We can find examples of revolutionary justice at work throughout the international communist struggle. Comrade Thomas Sankara, an African revolutionary, applied this concept of revolutionary justice. As leader of communist Burkina Faso, he owned very few personal possessions, and made little more than any other government official. At the direction of Comrade Sankara, the concept of revolutionary justice was applied to all government sectors. Another example can be found in communist Cuba. An aid to Comrade–Commandante Che Guevara wrote in his memoirs that during a severe food shortage in communist Cuba, steak was served to Che and other ministry officials. Che ordered it to be taken away, in disdain and outrage, and cried: “What is this? No one is touching this meat!” To an Argentine, steak is a treasure and a rarity, and yet Che refused to enjoy such a rare treasure because his Cuban countrymen were suffering. Both Comrade Sankara and Comrade Che, and many other comrades throughout the struggle, understood (and understand) the importance of leading by example. The true revolutionary is to lead by example. The true revolutionary is to live under the same material conditions as the lowest strata of the working class, so that working class interests remain the revolutionary’s interests, and working class ideas, remain the revolutionary’s ideas. No revolutionary, bureaucrat, minister, official, or soldier of revolution, is to be granted special treatment beyond a reasonable amount.
A “vow” of poverty is to be offered. The penalty for breaking this revolutionary oath is to be permanent expulsion from the Communist Party, and immediate disciplinary action. In very abhorrent cases, the penalty is to be revolutionary death. I can fathom no greater injustice than the betrayal of your comrades and countrymen. Such a horrendous betrayal for frivolity and selfish personal pleasure is to the true revolutionary, an unfathomable act of revolutionary suicide. In cases of gross national theft and embezzlement, the firing squad simply puts an end to his misery. The true revolutionary is to lead by example, so that future revolutionaries can follow that example. If egotism creates new egotists, altruism creates new altruists.
The true revolutionary is a doomed man. Communism or death!
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