Online reading group: Rosa Luxemburg’s Reform or Revolution
15/05/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Born in Poland in 1871, Rosa Luxemburg became a rabble rousing activist. Eventually, she ended up in Germany as one of the leading revolutionaries in the German Social Democratic Party, and founder of The Spartacus League. Though was only 47 years old, when she was murdered during the German Revolution, her contribution to Marxist political thought was immense.
Since her teen-age years, she had been dedicated to building a mass movement of the working-class majority that would fight for improvements in the here-and-now (reforms); while at the same time fighting to replace the tyranny and exploitation at the heart of capitalism with the expansive political and economic democracy of socialism (revolution). As she put it in her pamphlet Reform or Revolution, for a successful socialist movement, “the struggle for reforms is its means; the social revolution, its aim.” In a time of capitalist crisis join Spring’s online reading group in revisiting Luxemburg’s classic pamphlet, “Reform or Revolution” to see what relevance it has for today.