Rosa Luxemburg: Writings and Reflections / Edition 1

Rosa Luxemburg: Writings and Reflections / Edition 1

by Paul Le Blanc
     
 

An advocate of radical democracy and individual responsibility, Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) remains the most eminent representative of the libertarian socialist tradition. A reevaluation and renewal within the Left has allowed the ideas of Luxemburg to assume greater vitality and relevance today than ever before. This volume provides an essential representative

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An advocate of radical democracy and individual responsibility, Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) remains the most eminent representative of the libertarian socialist tradition. A reevaluation and renewal within the Left has allowed the ideas of Luxemburg to assume greater vitality and relevance today than ever before. This volume provides an essential representative sampling of Luxemburg's writings that have generally not been among those commonly anthologized. That she had a powerful impact on every generation of the 20th century is documented in the accompanying essays, which include scholarly reflections, comradely arguments, and even a loving reminiscence.

Paul Le Blanc, who has been active in labor and social movements for many years, explains that the socialism that animated Luxemburg as a thinker and revolutionary activist involved a vision of society in which our economic resources would be socially owned, democratically controlled, and utilized for the benefit of all people. Luxemburg was convinced this goal could only be realized through the struggles of the working-class majority. The goals Luxemburg sought-popular sovereignty, rule by the people, democracy-were lost in the decades following her 1919 martyrdom.
Among the selections from Luxemburg are "Martinique," "The Problem of the Nationality Question and Autonomy (excerpts)," "Rebuilding the International," "The Accumulation of Capital," "Letters from Prison," and "What Are the Leaders Doing?" Included are essays by Lelio Basso, Claire Cohen, Raya Dunayevskaya, Luise Kautsky, and Andrea Nye.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573927291
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Revolutionary Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Pt. 1Reflections
1Remembering Rosa Luxemburg33
2Rosa Luxemburg: Dialectical Method Against Reformism57
3Luxemburg As Thinker and Revolutionary75
4Luxemburg and Lenin on Organization81
5Luxemburg's Socialist Feminism103
6Reflections on Luxemburg by a Community Activist113
Pt. 2Writings
7Martinique (1902)123
8The National Question and Autonomy (1909; excerpts)127
9Theory and Practice (1910; excerpt)139
10The Accumulation of Capital - An Anti-Critique (1915; excerpts)175
11Rebuilding the International (1915)199
12Letters from Prison (1917-1918)211
13The Old Mole (1917)237
14Speech to the Founding Convention of the German Communist Party (1918; excerpts)245
15What Are the Leaders Doing? (1919)265
Bibliography269

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