Rosa Luxemburg: The Mass Strike
About this session
Rosa Luxemburg's The Mass Strike was written following the 1905 revolution in Russia. It traces the way mass strikes raise the consciousness of workers, how strikes for higher wages and for political rights flow into each other, and above all how they cannot be turned off and on like a tap - when workers are ready to fight, their party must do its upmost to lead them to victory. Luxemburg's pamphlet was written as a challenge to the bureaucratic, conservative leadership of the workers' movement in Germany and remains relevant for us in Australia.