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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

150th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Luxemburg

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Marxist thinker and revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg

"Thus we stand today...before the awful proposition: either the triumph of imperialism and the destruction of all culture, and, as in ancient Rome, depopulation, desolation, degeneration, a vast cemetery; or, the victory of socialism, that is, the conscious struggle of the international proletariat against imperialism, against its methods, against war. This is the dilemma of world history, its inevitable choice..."

"The struggle for socialism has to be fought out by the masses, by the masses alone, breast to breast against capitalism, in every factory, by every proletarian against his employer. Only then will it be a socialist revolution...

...Socialism will not and cannot be created by decrees; nor can it be established by any government, however socialistic. Socialism must be created by the masses, by every proletarian. Where the chains of capitalism are forged, there they must be broken. Only that is socialism, and only thus can socialism be created."

Rosa Luxemburg was born March 5, 1871. She was murdered by right wing German counter-revolutionary paramilitary troops in January, 1919.



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