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[Los Angeles] Public Reading Group on “Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution”

Continuing on Sunday, January 31, 2021 6-8:00 PM, Los Angeles Time

We are resuming our series after all the turmoil around the Trumpist fascist coup, the election in Georgia, and Trump’s departure. These events necessitated some meetings on the present moment and we have also produced articles on them on our website,

While can celebrate the avoidance of outright fascism for now, we also know we have to continue our work as Marxist-Humanists and as revolutionaries if we are to extirpate the problem at its roots, rather than awaiting any miracles from the Biden administration or even the progressive Democrats.

Since that work means not only activism, but also theoretical preparation for revolution, we are taking up where we left off in December.

This session will begin with the second section, on women and revolution, of “Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution” by Raya Dunayevskaya. We will be discussing Ch. 7, “Luxemburg as Feminist, Break with Jogiches,” pp. 89-97. This chapter covers Luxemburg’s personal — but not political — break with her comrade and lover Leo Jogiches and how the most creative period of her theoretical work followed this break. We will also trace Luxemburg’s revolutionary career, especially its feminist dimensions, up through World War I and the Russian Revolution

With introductory remarks by Rocio Lopez.

Rocio Lopez is a socialist Feminist and has lived in Latin America and Japan. She writes for the International Marxist Humanist Organization Journal and is also part of the Transnational Solidarity Network.


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About the series:

We began meeting biweekly in fall 2020 to read Marxist and feminist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya’s classic book, “Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution.”  We are now continuing this series.

Book can be found here:

Our discussions during the reading group have been covering topics like:

  • Race, class, gender, and revolution
  • Dialectics as philosophy and as principle of organization
  • The relationship of spontaneity to revolutionary organization
  • War, imperialism, and capitalism
  • Capital accumulation and imperialism
  • Nationalism vs. national liberation and anti-colonialism
  • Women and revolution
  • Feminism, class struggle, and revolution
  • Black feminism
  • Black masses as vanguard in the U.S.
  • Rosa Luxemburg vs. V.I. Lenin on revolutionary democracy
  • Karl Marx’s concept of “revolution in permanence” and Trotsky’s of “permanent revolution”
  • From Marx’s “Grundrisse” to “Capital”
  • Marx’s concept of the new society: “Critique of the Gotha Programme”
  • Marx’s late writings on non-Western and Indigenous societies and gender
  • Falling rate of profit and economic crises


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