January 15 marks the 98th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's murder by the Freikorps, acting on orders by the German government led by the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
June 1919 funeral procession for Rosa Luxemburg.
In memory of Luxemburg and her tremendous contribution to international socialism, we present below an excerpt from The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg.
These two letters are the first in the collection to have been written after the August, 4 1914 vote by the SPD's parliamentary group to approve war credits. The first is addressed to Paul Levi, Luxemburg's lawyer during the war and a leader of the KPD beginning in 1918. The second is to Karl Moor, a Swiss Social Democrat and wealthy fundraiser for the Bolsheviks, who by by the time of Luxemburg's murder had become a German military spy.
The Verso Book of Dissent: Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion and Resistance is a compendium of revolt and resistance throughout the ages, updated to include resistance to war and economic oppression from Beijing and Cairo to Moscow and New York City.
To celebrate the release of the new edition - 50% off at the moment as part of our end-of-year sale - we've present a selection of key moments of dissent from the book.
- Hackney Flashers, Who's still holding the baby?, 1978
They say it is love. We say it is unwaged work.
They call it frigidity. We call it absenteeism.
Every miscarriage is a work accident.
- a feminist pamphlet calling for Wages for Housework written by Silvia Federici in 1975.
This week, the French authorities began their operation to dismantle the migrant camp in the east of Calais. On the first day, a steady flow of buses transported some 3,000 adults and children, away from the site in preparation for the demolition. The Guardian reports that the aim is to relocate up to 10,000 inhabitants of the camp to one of 164 specialist centres for registration and processing, but the queues of people waiting to board these buses have no idea were they are to be taken.
Kate Evans, creator of the smash-hit Red Rosa, is currently completing Threads: From the Refugee Crisis, a heartbreaking, full-colour graphic novel of the refugee crisis that we are publishing next year. Combining the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comic-book storytelling, Evans addresses one of the most pressing issues of modern times – the compassionate treatment of refugees and the free movement of people.
This article is excerpted from Rosa Remix, a collection of essays on the work of Rosa Luxemburg and its relevance to contemporary political debates, forthcoming from the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Tomorrow night RLS is hosting a launch event for the book at their New York offices.
In The Accumulation of Capital, Luxemburg identifies a general dynamic that lies at the heart of the process of capital accumulation, namely the chronic tendency to produce crises of overaccumulation. Capitalism needs to continually open up new territories for investment to solve this problem. What is the role played by international finance in this process?