Michael Brie: Socialism and Democracy. Looking for a New Synthesis

After the Bolsheviks assumed political power on 7 November 1917, Rosa Luxemburg criticized their politics on two grounds: On the one hand, she did not perceive it to be consistently socialist nor did it present radical democratic views at the same time (Brie 2011). A topical question of each socialist movement of the 21st century that has repeatedly been ignored is whether the understanding of socialism as perceived by Rosa Luxemburg and many of her comrades could at all be linked with the democracy she so vehemently demanded. If it was not possible to develop this kind of socialism in a democratic manner, the formula of “democratic socialism” can therefore no longer be
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