a bit about Luxemburg

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Jul 5 2010 12:32

I accept that Luxemburg's analysis of imperialism was based on a materialist economic analysis arisng from the inbuilt contradictions of capitalism.

The other major factor of decadence of course, from a communist point of view, is, is there a possibility of revolutionary change on the agenda?
Just three years after World War I began, almost incredibly, the proletariat was reaching for the stars. Despite the sudden betrayals of Social Democracy and the assimilation of the trade unions into national defence (in the main - compare the actions of the trade unions on the eve of WWI, with their actions as proletarian organisations in stopping dead an imminent war between Britain and France over Fashoda some ten years earlier), despite this and despite the cowed proletariat carrying out their masters' bidding to the point of fratricide on an unknown scale, three years after the war started not only did the proletariat bring this madness to a halt (the British military had battle plans well into 1919) but did this as part of a more or less conscious, revolutionary assault against capitalism that went much further than the Paris Commune and the upheavals of 1905.
For the decadence of capitalism to have any real meaning then there has to be a progressive agency to take society forward on a profound level. Whatever the problems and mistakes made by the proletariat in and around the revolutionary wave of 1917-26, it showed itself as the force capable of overthrowing capitalism.