Militarism, Imperialism, and Self-Determination: Marxist Debates on the War
During World War I, the Marxist movement had a rich debate on the questions of militarism, imperialism, and self-determination. Those discussions help inform some of the current issues around the war in Ukraine.
Josefina L. MartínezMarch 31, 2022
Luxemburg, Zetkin, and Revolutionary Feminism against the War
This year, International Women’s Day takes place amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here, we revisit some of the debates among Marxists and socialist feminists in the lead up to the First World War.
Josefina L. MartínezMarch 8, 2022
A World to Win: Sign Up for Left Voice’s Intro to Marxism Reading Group
Join us this spring in an Intro to Marxism Reading Group. Meetings will be held every Sunday at 6 pm ET.
Left VoiceFebruary 10, 2022
Rosa Luxemburg: A Revolutionary Eulogy by Clara Zetkin
The great Polish-German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg was murdered on this day in 1919. Her comrade Clara Zetkin wrote this brief tribute some months later.
Clara ZetkinJanuary 15, 2022
Sometimes Rosa Luxemburg Was Depressed Too
Rosa Luxemburg was known as a ball of energy — "like a candle burning at both ends." But like every person, she also suffered moments of despair.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 22, 2021
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
Was Rosa Luxemburg an Opponent of the Russian Revolution?
Rosa Luxemburg is often presented as an opponent of the Russian Revolution, but this is a deliberate misunderstanding. In fact, she was no more and no less than a critical Bolshevik.
Nathaniel FlakinJanuary 15, 2021
Police Attack the Luxemburg Liebknecht Demonstration in Berlin
On Sunday, 2,000 people gathered in Friedrichshain for the traditional "LL-Demo." They were brutally attacked by police, who made 35 arrests. The justification was absurd. The responsibility lies with the SPD and Die LINKE.
Nathaniel FlakinJanuary 13, 2021
“My Third Christmas under Lock and Key”: A Letter by Rosa Luxemburg
Below is a beautiful letter written by revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg from her prison cell in Breslau prison around Christmas 1917. Rosa writes to Sophie Liebknecht, wife of fellow German revolutionary Karl Liebknecht, and discusses her love for life despite spending her third Christmas imprisoned.
Rosa LuxemburgDecember 24, 2020
Time for a Balance Sheet of the Sanders Campaign
Tens of thousands of socialists supported Bernie Sanders campaign. Now that Sanders has endorsed Joe Biden, it is time to draw the lessons. Rosa Luxemburg provides some insights.
Nathaniel FlakinApril 16, 2020