The Marxism of Rosa Luxemburg

Lukács, Georg
http://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/ch02.htm

Year Published:  1923  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12634

It is characteristic of the unity of theory and practice in the life work of Rosa Luxemburg that the unity of victory and defeat, individual fate and total process is the main thread running through her theory and her life. As early as her first polemic against Bernstein’s she argued that the necessarily ‘premature’ seizure of power by the proletariat was inevitable. She unmasked the resulting opportunist fear and lack of faith in revolution as “political nonsense which starts from the assumption that society progresses mechanically and which imagines a definite point in time external to and unconnected with the class struggle in which the class struggle will be won”.

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