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This 1899 polemic by the famous "Red Rosa" Luxemburg explains why capitalism can never overcome its internal contradictions. An effective refutation of revisionist interpretations of Marxist doctrine, it defines the position of scientific socialism on the issues of social reforms, the state, democracy, and the character of the proletarian revolution.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published July 21st 2006 by Dover Publications (first published 1899)
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Andy
Apr 27, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it
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The first essay, Reform or Revolution was so on point. An amazing essay that transcends time and place to perfectly sum up my opposition to Bernie Sanders or Scandinavian-style social democrats today. Fair warning, "Social Democracy" was revolutionary when Rosa was writing and she used the term to describe her own political alignment.

The other two essays were less enthralling but still adequate. The end of the Russian Revolution was interesting as she offered apology for Lenin and Trotsky gettin
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Mr.
Oct 06, 2008 Mr. rated it really liked it
Rosa Luxemburg weighed in definitively at a very young age on the question of reform or revolution in this important text, and forever demolished the perspective of Socialism via reform. By deconstructing Bernstein's work, Luxumberg reveals how reformism fails to address the inherent contradictions of capitalism in the way Marx has shown. Consequently, reformism fails to penetrate at the true nature of capital, and is unable to overturn it. Social revolution is the only way to Socialism, for the ...more
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Apr 25, 2013 Daithi Coombes rated it really liked it
Explains perfectly what is wrong with our current form of capitalism, the destruction of union abilities, and our lack of democracy. And it was written in 1890!! The language is very easy to understand, but she does use Marxian economic confusing language here and there.

Excellent mathematical prove against the social democracy movement. She does contradict herself slightly (very slightly), for instance, she give's out about social democracies teleological foundation for not being scientific, the
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Simon
Jun 25, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of Luxemburg's writings. When you take account of the history that came after she died it's amazing just how prescient she was.
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Rosa Luxemburg (Rosalia Luxemburg, Polish: Róża Luksemburg) was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and activist of Polish Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. She was successively a member of the Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania, the Social Democratic Party of Germany(SPD), the Independent Social Democratic Party and the Communist Party of Germany. ...more
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