[Marxism] Blanc: The Rosa Luxemburg Myth: A Critique of Luxemburg’s Politics in Poland (1893–1919)
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The Rosa Luxemburg Myth: A Critique of Luxemburg’s Politics in Poland
This article challenges widespread uncritical portrayals of Rosa Luxemburg.
By examining the politics and practices of Luxemburg and her SDKPiL party
in Poland, I show that their commitment to proletarian emancipation was
undermined by sectarian and doctrinaire tendencies that contributed to the
defeat of Poland’s workers’ revolutions in 1905 and 1918–19. A critical
analysis of their approaches to the national question, the Polish Socialist
Party, German Social Democracy, and the role of the revolutionary party,
undermines the prevailing romanticisation of Luxemburg. I argue that the
Polish Socialist Party, Luxemburg’s main political rival, posed a viable
Marxist alternative for Poland’s revolutionary movement.
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