Last Exit to Socialism?

Seán Mitchell

Abstract


Languishing in Berlin’s Barnimstrasse Women’s Prison in 1915, just as the heady jingoism of the previous year was ceding ground to the growing anti-war agitation for which she was incarcerated, Rosa Luxemburg wrote and then smuggled out her Junius Pamphlet—a thunderous destruction of the “hideous nakedness” of a capitalist system then “wading in blood and dripping with filth”, perhaps best remembered for its prophetic warning about the “crossroads” facing humanity: “either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism.”

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