This report details a radicalization program started by a Texas-based revolutionary communist vanguard group. The now-defunct program aimed to identify “mental health” needs of prospective recruits with a final goal of indoctrinating them into revolutionary communist action.
The Revolutionary Student Front, a revolutionary communist vanguard group, recently published a 13,000-word document that provides an in-depth analysis of their failed attempt to organize a mental health program in 2017. This program, called “Revolutionary Mental Health Program” (RMHP), sought out to address the mental health of students by recruiting and radicalizing them in order to “make them into active fighters.” The lengthy publication also provides an analysis on the programs formation, what the groups intentions were, its successes, why the program failed, and why the group eventually decided to end the program.
The following are some of the highlights from the document:
“The RMHP was born out of a process of social investigation during our first semester as an organization in the fall of 2016.”
“The primary goal of this program was to address the mental health needs of students in a way that would primarily serve to politicize and strengthen them, to become more committed to revolution and more capable of carrying it out.”
“From this point, we sought to determine a site of struggle that would appeal to the sections of the student population most ripe for radicalization and to develop a plan to address those needs in a way that would politicize these students, with the goal of course being to make them into active fighters in the revolutionary class struggle.”
“We spent a significant amount of time studying the work ‘Turn Illness into a Weapon,’ which recounts the experiences of the Socialist Patients’ Collective (SPK) of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1970.”
“The goal of every initiative and program launched by a revolutionary organization should be for the purpose of recruiting fighters into its ranks and forging them in the fiery furnace of class struggle.”
“Many of the best organizers in the revolutionary movement and our organization also suffer from these conditions.”
“Because our forces can only be built through the militant, violent struggle against the enemies of our class, we know that these fretful cowards will never reach that point. Making war will prepare us for the war to come, rally around us and bring into our ranks those who realize the necessity of violence to achieve a classless society free from exploitation, and unmask the real enemies of the people. We reaffirm our commitment to the principle of revolutionary violence that is necessary to confront the enemies of the people.”
“The knowledge that prison or death awaits us as revolutionaries aiming to destroy capitalism should be enough to encourage us to develop our organization in a thorough and well-rounded manner.”
“To be an effective revolutionary, a skilled writer cannot devote themselves merely to writing—they must also learn to speak well, punch hard and shoot well, work hard, design propaganda, communicate well with others, and so on.”
“The actions to come in the following year will draw clear lines in the sand between revolutionaries and counterrevolutionaries. We will make no apologies for the necessary violence of our struggle and will spare no sacrifice for the battles to come because we are revolutionaries committed to the overthrow of capitalism and the establishment of a classless society. We live for the people, we fight for the people, and we die for the people. This is what it means to be a revolutionary and this is what we uphold from this point until the final dying breath of capitalism.”