Capitalism in ‘all corners of the earth’: Luxemburg and globalisation

Autumn 2018
DOI: 10.3898/NEWF:94.02.2018

Luxemburg has not been a prominent figure within postcolonial studies, but her legacy is of relevance for many areas within the field. Her work, in conversation with the broader Marxist tradition, is of great value  to ongoing attempts to understand and challenge global capitalism. Luxemburg’s emphasis on the centrality  of colonial plunder and global dispossession to capitalist accumulation, and unflinching opposition to all  forms of imperialism and oppression, offer counterpoints to the charge that Marxism is Eurocentric. Luxemburg understood capitalism to be an integrated global system, located dispossession as a central property of capitalist expansion, and articulated a strategy for emancipation based on international working-class solidarity. In the twenty-first century her work continues to provide insight not only in the realm of political economy, but also for the analysis of global cultures.

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