Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution

Dunayevskaya, Raya
Publisher:  Humanities Press, Atlantic Highlands
Year First Published:  {12407 Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution ROSA LUXEMBURG WOMENS LIBERATION AND MARXS PHILOSOPHY OF REVOLUTION Dunayevskaya, Raya Humanities Press Atlantic Highlands Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Author of Capital and Theorist of "Revolution in Permanence." 1981 1982 234pp BC12407-WomensLiberation.jpg B Book 0-391-02793-X HX273.L83D86 1982 355.4 Dunayevskaya writes: By mid-August, when Luxemburg was working on The Mass Strike, the Party and the Trade Unions, it was clear that, far from the pamphlet's being restricted to the topics in the title, Luxemburg was, in fact, beginning to question not just the conservative trade union leadership, but the relation of Marxist leadership to spontaneity. She had always been highly responsive to proletarian acts of spontaneity. What was different this time was that the 1905 Revolution had disclosed a totally new relationship also to Marxist leadership. The most exciting phenomenon was that the so-called backward Russian worrkers had proved themselves far in advance of those in the technologically advanced countries, particularly Germany. Moreover, the Russian Revolution was not just a national happening. In its impact on both East and West, it had displayed an elemental force and reason of world scope. Luxemburg at once began working out its application to Germany. <br>It a word, spontaneity did not mean just instinctive action as against conscious direction. Quite the contrary: spontaneity was a driving force, not only of revolution but of the vanguard leadership, keeping it left. As Luxemburg expressed in her pamphlet: "The element of spontaneity, as we have seen, plays a great part in all Russian mass strikes without exception, be it as a driving force or as a restraining influence... In short, in the mass strikes in Russia, the element of spontaneity plays such a predominant part, not becuase the Russian proletariat are 'uneducated,' but because revolutions do not allow anyone to play schoolmaster with them." CX6547 0 true true false CX6547.htm [0xc000876a50 0xc000c9daa0 0xc000d53a10 0xc0011b9740 0xc00149d1a0 0xc0014f1800 0xc002355170 0xc00236c0c0 0xc000157020 0xc0001a3500 0xc000235590 0xc00025a660 0xc00026bd70 0xc00032da40 0xc000350090 0xc00249c8d0 0xc000351c80 0xc000358300 0xc00006b290 0xc0000bcb10 0xc00027da10 0xc0002ac7b0 0xc0004767b0 0xc0000eb7a0 0xc0000ebc50 0xc000260000 0xc000664ea0 0xc0002e1a40 0xc0004145d0 0xc0007d5620 0xc0009a4ed0 0xc0009d9d40 0xc000340f90 0xc00072ede0 0xc000b81c20 0xc000f0e4b0 0xc000595bc0 0xc0006a96e0 0xc000aca630 0xc000bd6b40 0xc000e5f170 0xc000b74690 0xc00011a2a0 0xc0002133e0 0xc00026d020 0xc0002f3230 0xc000322d50 0xc00033e8d0 0xc000946bd0 0xc0009765d0 0xc001194030 0xc001bdd1a0 0xc000a68cc0 0xc001eac690 0xc000583080 0xc0012a2570 0xc00173f8f0 0xc001ad7bc0 0xc0021009c0 0xc002144210 0xc002226480 0xc002266ab0 0xc002487bc0 0xc0024fa2d0 0xc0000dd2f0 0xc0002d8330 0xc0004431d0 0xc0004dfa40 0xc00077fe30 0xc000907290 0xc000a37d70 0xc000b6de60 0xc00137f350 0xc0013bf830 0xc001a796b0 0xc002110a20 0xc002881f80 0xc0028ba5d0 0xc0028e39b0 0xc0029364e0 0xc00294f050 0xc002963ce0 0xc00298bd10 0xc0029a1320 0xc0029b8900 0xc002a0f380 0xc002a521b0 0xc002a924e0] Cx}
Year Published:  1982
Pages:  234pp   ISBN:  0-391-02793-X
Library of Congress Number:  HX273.L83D86 1982   Dewey:  355.4
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6547

Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Author of Capital and Theorist of "Revolution in Permanence."

Abstract: 
Dunayevskaya writes: By mid-August, when Luxemburg was working on The Mass Strike, the Party and the Trade Unions, it was clear that, far from the pamphlet's being restricted to the topics in the title, Luxemburg was, in fact, beginning to question not just the conservative trade union leadership, but the relation of Marxist leadership to spontaneity. She had always been highly responsive to proletarian acts of spontaneity. What was different this time was that the 1905 Revolution had disclosed a totally new relationship also to Marxist leadership. The most exciting phenomenon was that the so-called backward Russian worrkers had proved themselves far in advance of those in the technologically advanced countries, particularly Germany. Moreover, the Russian Revolution was not just a national happening. In its impact on both East and West, it had displayed an elemental force and reason of world scope. Luxemburg at once began working out its application to Germany.
It a word, spontaneity did not mean just instinctive action as against conscious direction. Quite the contrary: spontaneity was a driving force, not only of revolution but of the vanguard leadership, keeping it left. As Luxemburg expressed in her pamphlet: "The element of spontaneity, as we have seen, plays a great part in all Russian mass strikes without exception, be it as a driving force or as a restraining influence... In short, in the mass strikes in Russia, the element of spontaneity plays such a predominant part, not becuase the Russian proletariat are 'uneducated,' but because revolutions do not allow anyone to play schoolmaster with them."

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