Rosa Luxemburg What presents itself to us as bourgeois legality is nothing but the violence of the ruling class, a violence raised to an obligatory norm from the outset. Origine: The Russian Revolution (1918), Chapter Six, "The Problem of Dictatorship" Contesto: Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of one party – however numerous they may be – is no freedom at all. “What will be the immediate result should our party change its general procedure to suit a viewpoint that wants to emphasise the practical results of our struggle, that is social reforms? History is the only true teacher, the revolution the best school for the proletariat. Bourgeois class domination is undoubtedly an historical necessity, but, so too, the rising of the working class against it. What presents itself to us as bourgeois legality is nothing but the violence of the ruling class, a violence raised to an obligatory norm from the outset. People finally understood that the role of the social-democratic party rests on its conscious leadership of the mass struggle against the existing society, a struggle that must reckon with the vital, necessary conditions of capitalist society. Social democracy seeks and finds the ways, and particular slogans, of the workers' struggle only in the course of the development of this struggle, and gains directions for the way forward through this struggle alone. — Rosa Luxemburg. Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. . Welcome back. The struggle for reforms is its means; the social revolution, its aim. Marxism is a revolutionary worldview that must always struggle for new revelations. Following is a compilation of quotations and sayings by Rosa Luxemburg who is often regarded as the martyr of the socialist cause. A salvo was fired into the defenceless seated crowd, and 30 to 40 corpses, among them women and children, remained on the ground. Only through the conscious action of the working masses in city and country can it be brought to life, only through the people's highest intellectual maturity and inexhaustible idealism can it be brought safely through all storms and find its way to port. No one knows this better, describes it more penetratingly; repeats it more stubbornly than Lenin. 4, p. 359, Footnote 3, Dietz Verlag Berlin (Ost), 1983 -->This contains probably her most famous statement: Freiheit ist immer Freiheit der Andersdenkenden, translated as "Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Under the leaden sway of Alexander III's government, the silence of the graveyard prevailed. Who Chains Move Notice. Our program becomes not the realisation of socialism, but the reform of capitalism; not the suppression of the wage labour system but the diminution of exploitation, that is, the suppression of the abuses of capitalism instead of suppression of capitalism itself. "In the Storm" in Le Socialiste http://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1904/05/01.htm as translated by Mitch Abidor (1 - 8 May 1904)Contesto: The Russo-Japanese War now gives to all an awareness that even war and peace in Europe – its destiny – isn’t decided between the four walls of the European concert, but outside it, in the gigantic maelstrom of world and colonial politics.And its in this that the real meaning of the current war resides for social-democracy, even if we set aside its immediate effect: the collapse of Russian absolutism. Our program becomes not the realization of Socialism, but the reform of capitalism; not the suppression of the system of wage labor, but the diminution of exploitation, that is, the suppression of the abuses of capitalism instead of the suppression of capitalism itself.”, “Democracy is indispensable to the working class, because only through the exercise of its democratic rights, in the struggle for democracy, can the proletariat become aware of its class interests and its historic task.”, “People who pronounce themselves in favor of the method of legislative reform in place of and in contradistinction to the conquest of political power and social revolution, do not really choose a more tranquil, calmer and slower road to the same goal, but a different goal. Organizational Questions of the Russian Social Democracy http://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1904/questions-rsd/ch01.htm (1904)Contesto: The self-discipline of the Social Democracy is not merely the replacement of the authority of bourgeois rulers with the authority of a socialist central committee. The corpses of the murdered workers were raised on high by the crowd and carried round in mass demonstration.”, “I want to burden the conscience of the affluent with all the suffering and all the hidden, bitter tears.”. Quotations by Rosa Luxemburg, Russian Activist, Born March 5, 1871. Our library is the biggest of these that have literally hundreds of thousands of different products represented. Though foreign loans are indispensable for the emancipation of the rising capitalist states, they are yet the surest ties by which the old capitalist states maintain their influence, exercise financial control, and exert pressure on the customs, foreign and commercial policy of the young capitalist states. At the station all the strikers with their wives and families sat down on the railway track-a sea of human beings. The only way to a rebirth is the school of public life itself, the most unlimited, the broadest democracy and public opinion. The masses are the decisive element, they are the rock on which the final victory of the revolution will be built. But this attitude cannot be continued for a long time. History is the only true teacher, the revolution the best school for the proletariat. Tomorrow the revolution will “rise up again, clashing its weapons,” and to your horror it will proclaim with trumpets blazing: “During the night two delegates of the railwaymen were arrested.