- Soen performs at O2 Academy Islington
- Disruptive writing for the 21st century author
- Mamma Roma (Subtitled) + Intro and post-film discussion
- The Jazz Cafe Presents Blackstreet
- Childish Gambino performs The O2 arena
- The Breakout Club presented by The Midi Music Company
- Wine Tasting – Wine Of The Mountains at Mercato Metropolitano
- Klub Kids presents The Twisted Circus 2 at Troxy
- Happy Reading: The Penguin Classics Pop-Up Shop at 133 Bethnal Green Rd
- London’s Grime & Punishment Walking Tour
Rosa Luxemburg: her life and thought at UCL
On 15 January 1919 Rosa Luxemburg was murdered by the proto-Nazi Freikorp with the connivance of the Social Democratic government. Her murder was part of the brutal repression of the revolutionary working-class movement that swept through Germany in the aftermath of the First World War.
One hundred years on, Luxemburg remains one of our most important thinkers. She rose to the leadership of the international working-class movement in its heroic period – when many millions were active revolutionary socialists, when combative workers’ movements won great reforms such as the eight hour day and universal suffrage and when mass workers’ parties vied for (and in Russia’s case won) state power. This period was also a high water mark for left political culture – when socialist theory took great leaps forward as debate raged between activists across many countries.
In the hundred years since her death the international left has been dominated by the ideas of reformism and Stalinism. Luxemburg’s political life stands as an example of an alternative. It was a continuous struggle from the left against the rightward shift and bureaucratisation of the socialist and trade union movement in which she was deeply involved.
To stop the barbarism of capitalism that she warned of, socialists must learn the lessons from her life and thought.
Rosa Luxemburg: her life and thought meeting will be held at UCL – University College London Friday 18th January 2019.
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