The Essential Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution and The Mass Strike

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by Rosa Luxemburg

Haymarket Books

2008

SKU: 9781931859363

 

Rosa Luxemburg was a leading socialist in Germany in the early twentieth century. Her insistence that ordinary working people could not only win the battles for the improvements of their day-to-day conditions of life, but also the most important battle of all-the fight to create a society based on justice and equality-set her apart from the leading members of her party. This new, authoritative introduction to Rosa Luxemburg's two most important works presents the full text of Reform or Revolution and The Mass Strike, with explanatory notes, appendices, and historical contextualization. The penetrating analysis offered in these two essays focuses a laser-sharp Marxist critique on the decisive questions of her era: Can capitalism ever be refined into a just system or must it be replaced root and branch? And what kind of struggle from below is needed to create such a thorough transformation? There can be no doubt of the lasting importance of her passionate and persuasive case.