Rosa lives!

One hundred years ago this January, Rosa Luxemburg, revolutionary activist, essayist, intellectual, and leading figure of the Communist Party of Germany was assassinated. In the years since, her legacy has influenced revolutionary activists and thinkers around the world.

In honour of this special occasion, we will be hosting a one day series of workshops on the life and legacy of Rosa Luxemburg. All levels of political experience are welcome to come on down and join in our discussion.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Unite – Common House, 74b Wickham St, Fortitude Valley 4006

10:30am – 11:30am – Introducing Rosa – Her Life and Times

11:30am – 12:15pm – Lunch

12:15pm – 2:30pm – Reform or Revolution in the Age of Crisis

2:30pm – 2:45pm – Afternoon Tea

2:45pm – 4:00pm – The Accumulation of Capital: Rosa Luxemburg and Marxist Political Economy

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  1. Rosa Luxemburg: her life and thought says:

    On 15 January 1919 Rosa Luxemburg was murdered by the proto-Nazi Freikorp with the connivance of the Social Democratic government. Her murder was part of the brutal repression of the revolutionary working-class movement that swept through Germany in the aftermath of the First World War.

    One hundred years on, Luxemburg remains one of our most important thinkers. She rose to the leadership of the international working-class movement in its heroic period – when many millions were active revolutionary socialists, when combative workers’ movements won great reforms such as the eight hour day and universal suffrage and when mass workers’ parties vied for (and in Russia’s case won) state power. This period was also a high water mark for left political culture – when socialist theory took great leaps forward as debate raged between activists across many countries.

    In the hundred years since her death the international left has been dominated by the ideas of reformism and Stalinism. Luxemburg’s political life stands as an example of an alternative. It was a continuous struggle from the left against the rightward shift and bureaucratisation of the socialist and trade union movement in which she was deeply involved.

    To stop the barbarism of capitalism that she warned of, socialists must learn the lessons from her life and thought.
    AWL London Forum
    7pm, Friday 18th January, Room 828, Institute of Education, Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL
    Speaker: Martin Thomas

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