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Against the light of socialism

The dream of the red Rosa Luxemburg, socialism, language and love
Nina Björk leads us through the fog of consumer power and identity politics, along with Rosa Luxemburg.


A fact that is repeated several times in Nina Björk's book on Rosa Luxemburg and her theoretical heritage is that we now live in a world where the 85 richest people own as much as the 3,5 billion poorest. This repetition becomes effective when, at the same time, she writes about the politicians' well-used argument against a more redistributive policy, namely that this is not realistic. We are in a place in history where the grotesque inequality is accepted and considered most necessary, where houses are empty in southern Europe while people live on the streets, and how many starve to death while we throw in tons of food daily in the West. What would Rosa Luxemburg say to this? And how can we change the framework for what is realistic before the crisis grows bigger? These are key issues in Björk's project – in a book that is a mix of biography, political analysis and essay.

The laws of capitalism. Björk is not gracious to the Social Democrats, neither the Germans who were involved in the murder of Luxembourg in 1919, nor the contemporary Swedes. Then as now, she believes that they have a too naive attitude to capitalism and the possibilities of creating a just society within this economic model. She even goes so far as to claim that "the great reformist successes of the European labor movement in the twentieth century helped capitalism to make it so humane." . .

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