Rosa Luxemburg's Shock Doctrine
The "Hideous Nakedness" of Imperial Wars
Date Written: 10/05/2008
Year Published: 2008
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX7793
Luxemburg's discussion regarding capitalism and democracy speaks to the world we live in today. Imperial war, she wrote, shows capitalism in 'all its hideous nakedness.' This bloody nakedness is not only essential to capitalist development, but depends on it. Indeed, it is the most cataclysmic and radical of all capitalist shocks.