Rosa Luxemburg

Learning from the three Ls

Submitted by Matthew on 11 January, 2017 - 1:36 Author: Hal Draper

It was once a tradition for revolutionary socialists to mark every January by remembering the life and work of Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. In this 1949 article, the US socialist Hal Draper discusses the relevance of the socialism of “3Ls” for the German working class, then under the yoke of imperialist occupation, and for the American working class facing a war-mongering ruling class.

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Revolutionary versus “democratic socialism”? A reply to Luke Akehurst on "entryism"

Submitted by Matthew on 7 September, 2016 - 11:21 Author: Sacha Ismail

An October 2015 article by Luke Akehurst, a prominent and combative Labour right winger who recently failed to be elected to the party's NEC, was recently drawn to my attention. The article, published on the LabourList website, was about “entryism”, by which Akehurst means the presence of a revolutionary socialist group like Workers’ Liberty within the Labour Party. It has renewed relevance during the current events.

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What is German Bolshevism?

Submitted by Matthew on 18 May, 2016 - 11:41 Author: Rosa Luxemburg

The revolution that has just begun can have but one outcome: the realisation of socialism!

The working class, in order to accomplish its purpose, must, first of all, secure entire political control of the state. But to the socialist, political power is only a means to an end. It is the instrument with which labour will achieve the complete, fundamental reconstruction of our entire industrial system.

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The life and politics of Red Rosa

Submitted by Matthew on 4 February, 2016 - 12:00 Author: Gemma Short

“I have no special place in my heart for the ghetto. I feel at home wherever there are clouds and birds and human tears.”

In her graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg, Kate Evans skillfully portrays not only the woman of great intellect and fighting spirit, but one of great emotion. Heavily drawing on Luxemburg’s letters as source material, Evans gives us insight into the personal thoughts and struggles that lay behind Rosa Luxemburg′s theories, books and speeches.

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The Rosa Luxemburg I met as a student

Submitted by Matthew on 21 October, 2015 - 1:04 Author: Antoinette Konikow

Antoinette Konikow was a Ukrainian-born American socialist, and a founding member of the Communist Party USA. She was expelled from the Communist Party in 1928 for being a Trotskyist, and remained active as such until her death in 1946. In this article, Konikow describes Rosa Luxemburg, with whom she studied in Zurich.

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Rosa Luxemburg describes the First World War

Submitted by dalcassian on 2 December, 2014 - 3:20 Author: Rosa Luxemburg

Into the disillusioned atmosphere of pale daylight there rings a different chorus; the hoarse croak of the hawks and hyenas of the battlefield.

Ten thousand tents, guaranteed according to specifications, 100,000 kilos of bacon, cocoa powder, coffee substitute, cash on immediate delivery. Shrapnel, drills, ammunition bags, marriage bureaus for war widows, leather belts, war orders - only serious propositions considered.

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IS and Ireland, Czechoslovakia, and the national question (Easter Conference, 1969)

Submitted by dalcassian on 10 June, 2014 - 3:44

Introduction (2014)

The following text, part of the discussion on Ireland in IS (now called SWP) in 1968–69, attempted to expound the basic Marxist principles on national questions, as the Trotskyist Tendency (forerunner of AWL) understood them. It was moved at the Easter 1969 conference of the organisation.

The previous August, the Russians and the armies of their satellite states had invaded Czechoslovakia to suppress the liberal Stalinist regime there. For forgotten reasons, our resolution took the form of an amendment to a resolution from the Glasgow branch.

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How the British Communists responded to Rosa Luxemburg's 1918 criticism of the Russian Revolution

Submitted by dalcassian on 9 May, 2014 - 11:30

[Note: This is perhaps the first socialist response in English to the publication, in 1922, of Rosa Luxemburg's critical comments on the Russian Revolution. Writing in 1918, she had chosen not to publish these political judgments. They were first published by Paul Levy, who had been expelled from the Communist International in 1921. Irrespective of its name, Labour Monthly was a Communist Party Publication, edited by Rajani Palme Dutt, who would be the Party's main theorist for the next half century.

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