Volume XXXVI • Issue 1 • 2019

Rosa Luxemburg, Imperialism and the Global South

Special Issue Guest Editors: Koen Smet


The working class revolutionary leader and socialist theorist Rosa Luxemburg greatly contributed to the understanding of imperialism at the beginning of the 20th century. In The Accumulation of Capital (1913), she advanced Marx‘s critique of political economy and concluded that capitalism relies on the continuous subjection of non-capitalist strata. She did not regard violence, force and exploitation as pre-capitalist residues or deviations, but rather as an integral part of capitalism. Her analysis proves highly insightful and still constitutes a major contribution to Marxist theory. A century after her assassination, this special issue critically explores her original thoughts. The articles in this special issue show that, based on Luxemburg‘s works, it is possible to obtain a nuanced understanding of the Keynesian and neoliberal phases of capitalist expansion, the conflictual relationship between capital and nature, and contemporary socio-ecological conflicts.




Koen Smet

Rosa Luxemburg’s Importance for Heterodox Economics and the Global South


Ingo Schmidt

Luxemburg’s Theory of Accumulation and Imperialism: More than a Classic


Anil Shah

Luxemburg Meets Schumpeter: Understanding Contemporary Socio-Ecological Conflicts as Processes of Destructive Creation


Patricia Zuckerhut

Pluriversale Verschränkungen kosmozentrischer und egozentrischer Ontologien der maseualmej im mexikanischen Cuetzalan


Patrick Bond

Luxemburg’s Critique of Capital Accumulation, Reapplied in Africa



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