Rosa Luxemburg Symposium

Rosa Luxemburg’s Legacy

Rosa Luxemburg was a brilliant Polish/German revolutionary socialist theorist and political activist. Thoroughly committed to socialism from below, she believed in the necessity of radical class struggle principally in order to build the experience and capacities of the working class: “The struggle for reforms is its means; social revolution, its aim,” as she put it. Luxemburg held that a genuine socialist revolution could only come about by “the great majority of the working people themselves.” A strong internationalist and anti-imperialist, she opposed World War I and warned that the alternatives were stark: “socialism or barbarism.” Her understanding of the inherent barbaric tendencies of capitalism were never more relevant than today. 

In honor of the centenary of her murder, a symposium on Rosa Luxemburg’s legacy was organized by the Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series at the University of Vermont. The following three articles are based on lectures at that symposium.

 

In this symposium:

Rosa Luxemburg: A Revolutionary Life

By:

[PDF][Print]Rosa Luxemburg’s legacy is very live, very relevant, and very contested. One of the ways to understand this particular political valence is to see her not only as an exceptional individual, which she surely . . .

Read more ›

Rosa Luxemburg’s Legacy for Feminism

By:

[PDF][Print]Many people who know something about Rosa Luxemburg would be surprised to hear the name of this talk: They know Luxemburg as the author of the brilliant pamphlets The Mass Strike and Reform or Revolution; they . . .

Read more ›

Rosa Luxemburg and the Necessity of Anti-Imperialism for Revolutionary Socialism

By:

[PDF][Print]Today prominent political leaders are calling themselves socialists, but even if the terms “socialist” and “democratic socialism” are being used, it is often unclear what exactly is meant by these terms and what kind of political . . .

Read more ›

Like this story? If you do and want to see more stories like this one, please donate to New Politics. Click HERE