Tuesday, January 15, 2008


On this day in 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, a leading figure of the radical Left in the early 20th century, was brutally murdered, along with Karl Liebknecht, by a Right Wing goon squad in Berlin.

She was hated for being the following things: a socialist, a Jew, a woman, a Pole, and a physically handicapped person. But more than anything else, she was hated because she was a socialist and would not compromise on her insights into the capitalist-militarist forces that eventually seized power in the form of Hitler some 14 years later.

These same forces, though they do not wear a swastika, are very much alive in the ruling classes today.

Had there been more people like Rosa Luxemburg there would have been a successful revolution in Germany in 1918/19, unlike the seriously compromised one that did occur. There would have been no Hitler in power, no World War Two, and no holocaust. It is even possible that the influence of a socialist Germany would have turned the USSR from the path of phoney communism and tyranny to that of genuine socialist democracy.

It is not hard to find material on Rosa Luxemburg in any well stocked library. But she remains, in North America at least, completely shut out of mass media representation. The possibilities and the hopes she represents are fatal to the politically correct cynicism and despair fostered by capitalism.

The exclusion of the spirit of Rosa Luxemburg is quite deliberate. But this exclusion shall be broken. Rosa Lives.

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