Rosa Luxemburg


1. Overview

  • Revolutionary socialist thinker
  • Part of the German Revolution
  • Marxist critiques
    • what are the limits to capitalist expansion
    • expanded reproduction
    • surplus value turning into active capital - disagrees that this is endless
    • there are more than just workers and capitalists in a vacuum
    • someone has to consume the leftover surplus value - who is it?
      • social strata or societies that do not engage in capitalist production
  • "Socialism or barbarism"
  • Capitalism containing inner contraditions that are seeds of its own self-destruction
    • Luxemburg makes many accurate predictions off the back of this
    • metabolism happens exponentially across the world stage
  • Betrayed by the social democratic left
  • Murdered

2. Anti-imperialism

  • imperialism: political expression of process of accumulation of capitalism in competitive struggle over unspoiled remains of the non-capitalist world environment
    • an international expression of capitalism
  • colonialism is a form of imperialism
  • capitalism drives imperialism and colonialism
    • it's the process of extracting commodities, resources and labour power from primitive social relations and absorbing it in to the capitalist wage system
    • defile natural economy
    • so many examples of capitalist-fueled imperialism
    • the accumulation of capital knows only violence

See Anti-imperialism.

3. Internationalism

  • internationalist view of political and economic frameworks of Marxism

4. Works

  • The Accumulation of Capital
  • The Mass Strike
  • Reform or Revolution
    • rejecting Bernstein
    • overtly reject capitalism through socialist revolution
    • will be ignited through growing class consciousness
    • believe in party structure
      • democratic in how she views that transition
      • believe in councils
      • but have to actively and democratically involve majority of oppressed of working class

5. Views on vanguardism

Her longing persists: a vanguard firm enough to gain power yet supple enough to wield it humanely.

Vanguard Stacks: Self-Governing against Digital Colonialism

6. Misc

Her first loves were zoology and botany. (Red Rosa)

7. Resources

8. Elsewhere

8.1. In my garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

8.2. In the Agora

8.3. Mentions

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