Economía marxista para el Siglo XXI

Entradas etiquetadas como ‘Rosa Luxemburgo’

Solicitud de ayuda para publicar la obra completa de Rosa Luxemburgo


Dear Friends,

We are writing to ask you to assist us in the effort to publish the Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, which will bring the contributions of one of the most creative thinkers and activists of modern radicalism alive for our times.

The 14-volume Complete Works will contain everything Luxemburg ever wrote—all of her books, essays, pamphlets, essays, articles, letters, and manuscripts. Most of these writings—as much as 80 per cent—have never before appeared in English, and some will be published for the first time anywhere. New English translations will be provided for her works that have been published previously.

The project is being published by Verso Books with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLS) in Berlin. Although the RLS has provided important assistance, it cannot provide the full cost of translation and editing. We are therefore appealing to you to help us obtain additional funding to bring this project to fruition.

We urgently need $30,000 to fund the next volume in the series (so far we have raised $19,000 towards that goal). Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the newly-established Toledo Translation Fund—named after the twelfth- and thirteenth- century school of translators renowned for its translations from Arabic, Greek and Hebrew texts that helped pave the way for the Renaissance. All funds sent to the Toledo Fund for this project will be exclusively used to cover the cost of translating and publishing The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg.

We have so far issued (in 2011) a companion volume, The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, which is the most comprehensive English-language collection of her letters ever published. It received widespread acclaim in such publications as The London Review of Books, The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, The Guardian, and Book Forum. In early 2012 the first volme of the Complete Works will appear, entitled Economic Writings I. It will contain the first full English translation of one of her most important books, Introduction to Political Economy, as well as eight recently discovered manuscripts on the history of ancient, medieval, and early modern societies, Marx’s Capital, and the causes and consequences of capitalist crises.

You can make a contribution by going directly to and filling out the online form for donations to The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg. Your help will be deeply appreciated!

If you are not in the position to contribute financially, we hope you can still collaborate in the project by working on translation, editing, and helping to publicize the forthcoming volumes in the series. We also hope that you can forward this message to others who may be interested in the project.

Sincerely Yours,

Peter Hudis, General Editor, The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg
Paul Le Blanc, Editorial Board, the Complete Works
Susan Weissman, Editorial Board, the Complete Works
William Pelz, Editorial Board, the Complete Works
Axel Fair-Schulz, Editorial Board, the Complete Works
Lea Haro, , Editorial Board, the Complete Works

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Marxist Political Economy without Hegel: Contrasting Marx and Luxemburg to Plekhanov and Lenin*

Paul Zarembka
State University of New York at Buffalo

Draft for inclusion in Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg, Oskar Lange and Michal Kalecki: Essays in Honour of Tadeusz Kowalik, Jan Toporowski, Ewa Karwowski and Riccardo Bellofiore, eds. Palgrave, forthcoming
Version dated October 3, 2012

No one contests the early influence of Hegel on Marx. Yet, some act as if Hegel was always important for Marx. Furthermore, certain popular renderings even use a simplistic caricature of Hegel, such as the thesis-antithesis-synthesis formulary, and take that to be Marx’s as well, and then attack Marx through the caricature. Meanwhile, the question is infrequently posed whether Hegel’s influence persisted for Marx and if Marx himself, as his work deepened, defended the necessity of Hegel’s philosophy for his political economy. We shall demonstrate, with considerable evidence from Marx himself, of the declining need for Hegelian philosophy in Marx’s evolving understanding of political economy, even apart from Marx’s materialism being an opposite of Hegel’s idealism.
One piece of evidence we shall develop is the appreciation by Marx of a book by Nikolai Sieber published in 1871, an appreciation well-known as a simple fact while not noticing that Sieber expressed a clear aversion to Hegel. Actually, it is nothing less than astonishing that Sieber’s discussion of Marx did not appear in any translation until 2001, i.e., 130 years after the fact. With Marx’s reaction as a symptom of the evolving nature of Marx’s own thought, the long-term absence of a translation appears to be a political decision with deep roots in the early intellectual history of Marxism, thus a history of a particular suppression, perhaps partly unconscious. This early history intertwines with major issues in Marxism in the late 19th and early 20th century, leading in this chapter to inclusion of discussion of Plekhanov, Lenin, and Luxemburg.
Louis Althusser (1977b[1969], p. 90) argued that Marx was driven “irresistibly to the radical abandonment of every shade of Hegelian influence”. Capital, says Althusser, still included traces of Hegelian influence — in his vocabulary of use-value and value while describing two entirely different things, in a reference to ‘negation of the negation’, and in the theory of fetishism. Only in 1875 in his Critique of the Gotha Program and thereafter is Marx’s intellectual process regarding Hegel completed. Althusser has been sharply criticized by some, even for Stalinism. We will not pursue Althusser’s argumentation here.
James White (1996) takes a quite different approach by very carefully examining intellectual history. We are referring to his Karl Marx and the Intellectual Origins of Dialectical Materialism. White addresses wide-ranging German and Russian sources in circumstances in which “it is essential to verify everything, wherever possible, with first-hand materials” (p. 19). In our opinion, White’s book is too little known and appreciated. The present author reviewed it positively (Zarembka, 2001), responding to a negative review by Sean Sayer. The journal involved, namely Historical Materialism, gave Sayer space to rebut the support of White’s work, but no space was provided to White as the author of the book, even after a request.
We proceed to survey the development of Marx’s own political economy from 1867 onward in order to reach our conclusion, and then turn to the early history after Marx’s death.

*Presented at “Political economy and the Outlook for Capitalism”, Joint conference of AHE, IIPPE, and FAPE, July 5-7, 2012, Paris, France.

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In the Steps of Rosa Luxemburg

Selected Writings of Paul Levi

Paul Levi. Edited and introduced by David Fernbach

Paul Levi remains one of the most interesting and controversial figures in the early history of the Communist movement. As leader of the KPD after the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, he successfully built up a party of a third of a million members, but by 1921 Comintern pressure for ‘Bolshevisation’ forced Levi’s resignation and expulsion. Until his early death in 1930 he remained ‘a revolutionary socialist of the Rosa Luxemburg school’ (Carl von Ossietsky), and was described by Albert Einstein as ‘one of the wisest, most just and courageous persons I have come across’. The first English edition of Levi’s writings fills a long-standing gap in the documents of German Communism.

Biographical note
David Fernbach, studied at London School of Economics. Freelance writer, editor and translator. Publications include the three-volume edition of Karl Marx’s Political Writings (Penguin 1973-4, reissued Verso 2010), and The Spiral Path: a gay contribution to human survival (1981). Translations include Marx’s Capital Volumes Two and Three, and works by Georg Lukacs, Rudolf Bahro, Boris Groys, Nicos Poulantzas, Pierre Bourdieu, Alain Badiou and Jacques Rancière.

People interested in Communist history from either an academic or an activist perspective.

Table of contents


Part One: Leading the KPD
Address to the Founding Congress of the KPD
Letter to Lenin (1919)
The Munich Experience: An Opposing View
The Political Situation and the KPD (October 1919)
The Lessons of the Hungarian Revolution
The World-Situation and the German Revolution
The Beginning of the Crisis in the Communist Party and the International
Letter to Loriot

Part Two: The March Action
Our Path: Against Putschism
What Is the Crime? The March Action or Criticising It?
Letter to Lenin (1921)
The Demands of the Kommunistische Arbeitsgemeinschaft

Part Three: The Soviet Question
Letter to Clara Zetkin
Introduction to Rosa Luxemburg’s pamphlet The Russian Revolution
Introduction to Trotsky, The Lessons of October
The Retreat from Leninism
After Ten Years
Approaching the End

Part Four: The German Republic
The Murder of Erzberger
The Needs of the Hour
Why We Are Joining the United Social-Democratic Party
The Assassination of Rathenau
The Situation after Rathenau’s Death
The Reich and the Workers
The Defenders of the Republic
After the Oath


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