The Acheron In Motion is run by a passionate Communist from a post-Soviet state, publishing about revolutionary history and the fundamental theses of Marxism.

It is time to set this tumultuous river of woes into motion. Also, the “we” is just me…

The Souls of Acheron by Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, 1898

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What does “The Acheron In Motion” mean?

The Acheron In Motion is a reference to a similarly-titled article published by Rosa Luxemburg in 1918. …

From the 1912 Bulletin of the International Socialist Bureau (Brussels), №8, p.129. Based on Gesammelte Schriften, Volume 3, 1973, p. 57.

This resolution was introduced by Rosa Luxemburg at the meeting of the International Socialist Bureau on September 23, 1911 in Zurich; it passed.

The International Socialist Bureau declares, that the detrimental rise in food prices, which engulfs the starved masses into frenzied protests in capitalist countries one by one, is firstly the result of the unscrupulous customs policy in most capitalist states, such as the criminal policy which most of all ensures the…

In this obituary for the 30th anniversary of Karl Marx’s passing, Rosa Luxemburg reviews the history of the socialist movement and summarizes the key ideas and conceptions of Marxist thought.

Published in Leipziger Volkszeitung №60, 14th March, 1913.

It has been thirty years since the man, to whom the modern working class owes more than any mortal, closed his eyes for eternity. The work that Marx dedicated his life to can only properly be appreciated from a historical standpoint.

Socialism, as an ideal of a society built on…

Translated and introduced by Rida Vaquas for Cosmonaut

Introduction

It has long become a truism that Marxism failed to grasp the problem of nationalism, particularly as the second half of the twentieth century saw national revolutions flourish whilst socialist movements collapsed. As national identity cements itself as a political force in our times, the Communist Manifesto’s declaration that “national…

Here, we publish the first two speeches to the 1907 Fifth (London) Congress of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party that Rosa Luxemburg made on May 16th and May 25th respectively. Her third and final speech remains untranslated from the original German.

The fifth Congress of the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party (RSDLP) was held in London from May 13 to June 1, 1907 (May 1–20 by the old Russian calendar). Luxemburg played a major role at the conference, where she sought to concretize the lessons of the 1905 Russian Revolution, especially the…

Reckoning with Rosa Luxemburg’s perspective on the Bolshevik policy of national self-determination in the Caucasus by briefly examining the politics and external affairs of the Democratic Republic of Georgia and the history of revolution-counterrevolution in the nationalism-ridden region.

Note: I originally wrote this article for Prometheus Journal as a part of their month-long publication period commemorating the 150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s birth.

Introduction

Marxists have always had trouble engaging with the discourse around nationalism and national liberation coherently. This stands especially true today, when any calls for “self-determination” and the like are taken as inalienable caveats of revolutionary socialism that have been and must always be agreed upon by all. …

Introduction

This work by Rosa Luxemburg remains obscure and widely unread, even though it is one of her greatest contributions to the critique of political economy. “Introduction to Political Economy” is extraordinary on a few accounts: here, Luxemburg subjects Lassalle’s economic doctrines to scathing critique, clarifies the Marxist positions on some…

This piece, written by Rosa Luxemburg in prison, is one of the best examples of the most genuine, honest and profound piece of Marxist critique and self-critique in the wartime chaos. It amounts to a ruthless condemnation of imperialist genocide and an unrelenting call for an international proletarian revolution.

Introduction

This article, published in Spartakusbriefe, no. 6 in August 1917 is not signed, but Rosa Luxemburg is identified as the author in Spartakusbundes im Krieg, a collection of the illegal leaflets of the Spartacus League written during the war, edited by Ernest Meyer in 1927. Paul Frölich, a prominent Luxemburg…

In this unsigned article from April 1917, Rosa Luxemburg explains the current status of the ongoing World War and the direct objectives of the international proletariat through the stormy rhetoric of self-criticism.

This article, printed in The Spartacus Letters, №4 (April 1917) is not signed, but according to the German edition of “Rosa Luxemburg — Collected Works,” Volume 4, Berlin 1974, p. 237–241, Rosa Luxemburg is the author. She has been likewise identified in Spartakusbriefe, Berlin 1958, p. 295–299.

The current unleashing of unbridled war is a new stage in the world-historic drama that we have been experiencing for almost three years. As little as one had to think of the German peace offer seriously, as easily as one could see through it as a crude bluff like the…

In this article, Karl Liebknecht, set ablaze with the passion of international socialism, condemns the traitorous social-chauvinists who replaced class war with class harmony and sings an ode to one of the last defenders Marxist honor — the youth.

Karl Liebknecht with his wife and children

Originally written for the Berlin youth newspaper “The Young Guard,” №1, November 27, 1918. Taken from “Karl Liebknecht — Collected Speeches and Writings,” Volume IX, pp. 626–629 (in German)

Karl Liebknecht — The Proletarian Youth In The Revolution

The proletarian youth movement counts more than 14 years in Germany. It isn’t an artifact of party bureaucracy, but a creation of the revolutionary spirit that arose from the doubly oppressed and exhausted working class youth. Her birth, her ascent was accompanied by lightning and thunder. The ruling classes were…

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