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Political icon Rosa Luxemburg: The dream of conquering the future

2021-03-04T23:31:28.438Z

Rosa Luxemburg was born 150 years ago. The socialist fought for the revolution and was murdered by right-wing terrorists. Her personal thoughts are touching to this day - as are her political questions.



On January 15, 1919, she was murdered by German free corpse soldiers, for whom she was the most hateful figure on the left: Rosa Luxemburg, born in 1871, an educated woman, Jewish of Polish origin.

Studied economics at the age of 47, an open-hearted opponent of Lenin on the international stage of the revolution, charismatic speaker and powerful author.

A child of a tender, idealistic education, a woman who read in four languages, an admirer of Goethe - on the one hand.

And on the other hand: a preacher for the workers who was not afraid of any insult or dramatization, trained in a brutal Marxist rhetoric that was always on the whole because she was concerned with the whole.

What the class question meant in their time: capitalist or worker, bloodsuckers or exploited, haves or poor.

She could have had no idea of ​​the pressing problems of today - the impending ecological collapse, the translation of social justice into questions of identity.

Our material wealth, our comfortable flirting on the one hand, and our rather depressive future expectations on the other hand were inconceivable for their generation.

And yet she dealt with at least three fundamental political complexes that have remained topical to this day: nationalism, imperialism and finally with the question of who actually brings social change: the wild demonstrators, carried by emotions - or the strict cadres of the parties?

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