Class activities- Rosa Luxemburg and The Accumulation of Capital

Luxemburg’s economic writings have always been subjected to controversial readings and interpretations. At the beginning of the 1910s, the Russian philosopher and economist Rosa Luxemburg (1890-1919) published The Accumulation of Capital.   Considering Marx as her starting point, she developed a critical explanation of the economic and political consequences of capitalism in the context of the times in which she lived.

Her book offers the possibility of reflecting on alternatives to contemporary capitalist market economies. Indeed, the current global crisis is an opportune time to class activities where students could reflect upon capitalism and explore alternatives.


An on line version of The Accumulation of Capital can be found at


Quotes from Rosa Luxemburg

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” 

“Freedom is always, and exclusively, freedom for the one who thinks differently.” 

“The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.”

“Marxism is a revolutionary worldview that must always struggle for new revelations
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