Turning the Greatest Anti-war Novel Ever into Bourgeois Propaganda
All Quiet on the Western Front won four Oscars, and it’s not hard to see why. The production — depicting the horrors of World War I — is spectacular. Yet the producers did not at all understand Erich Maria Remarque’s novel. Spoilers follow.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 16, 2023
Rosa Luxemburg at 150: No “Harmless Icon”
Rosa Luxemburg was born on March 5, 1871. She is often presented as a pacifist, a democrat, and an opponent of the Russian Revolution. None of this is true. She was a revolutionary communist.
Left VoiceMarch 5, 2021
Kautsky, Luxemburg, and Lenin in Light of the German Revolution
What can socialists today learn from Karl Kautsky? To answer this question, we need to see how his theories held up during the German Revolution of 1918. This presentation, part of an ongoing debate with Eric Blanc, Charlie Post, Mike Taber, and other socialists, was given at the Socialism in Our Time conference on April 14 in New York City.
Nathaniel FlakinApril 17, 2019
Communism Made in Germany
100 years ago, Germany was an epicenter of communism. The Communist Party of Germany (KPD) had up to 300,000 members. A new anthology presents the latest historical research on this period in English.
Nathaniel FlakinDecember 12, 2018
100 Years Ago in Berlin: The Bitter Lesson of a Defeat
The Social Democrats and the military prepared to crush the revolution. A big majority of the working class desired socialism – but they had no major party of their own to lead the struggles. What lessons can be draw from this bloody defeat?
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 27, 2018
100 Years Ago in Berlin: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Germany
In the first days of the German Revolution, workers’ and soldiers’ councils formed across Germany. The Social Democrats allied with the military to save as much of the old order as they could. The Communists tried to organize the forces of the revolution. This fight came to a head at a national congress of the councils.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 18, 2018
100 Years Ago in Berlin: German Revolutionaries Step on the Grass
According to an old joke, Germans will never make a revolution because that would require stepping on the grass. Yet 100 years ago, as the First World War drew to a close, the workers’ movement in Germany was preparing an insurrection against the kaiser and the capitalists. On November 9, 1918, the general strike began in Berlin—after years of preparation.
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 9, 2018
‘The Workers Invented a Concept for Socialist Transformation’
On November 9, 1918, the revolution began in Germany. We spoke with historian Ralf Hoffrogge about the role of the "Revolutionary Stewards."
Nathaniel FlakinNovember 5, 2018