Lenin and Luxemburg: Two Contrasting Voices of Marxist Ideology


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Lenin and Luxemburg: Two Contrasting Voices of Marxist Ideology
Vladimir Illyich Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg are two of the greatest Marxist theorists of the late nineteenth and  early twentieth centuries.  They both became involved in political and economic theory during the turbulent end of the nineteenth century in Europe, both were Marxists, and both were instrumental in leading workers‘ revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe.  Luxemburg was involved in the German workers revolutions in the 1880’s and 1890’s and Lenin became an instrumental figure in the rise of Russian socialism.  Despite their solidarity in the overall causes for which they believed in, i.e. class revolution, autonomy of the proletariat, and all the other sweeping...
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.....ey engaged in these “liberal” ideologies, and whether or not their radical ends justified a violent means.  And finally, we have seen how these two “Marxists” at times believed in things which in truth bore no resemblance to original Marxist theory.
Dewey, John. “The Future of Liberalism” The Journal of Philosophy 32.9 (1935): 225-230.
Lenin, V. I. i. (1963). What is to be done? Oxford,, Clarendon Press.
Luxemburg, R. (1970). Rosa Luxemburg speaks. New York,, Pathfinder Press.
Mattick, P. (1978). Anti-Bolshevik communism. White Plains, N.Y., M. E. Sharpe.From Website.  Accessed 5.29.09. http://www.marxists.org/archive/mattick-paul/1978/introduction.htm
The fifth source listed in the text as (Marx) refers to the course readings.