Julian Francis Park: On the Historical Conditions of “The Accumulation of Capital: Imperialism, Militarism and the Mass Strike”

In 1903, twenty years after the death of Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg published an essay on the “Stagnation and Progress of Marxism” that ought to guide our centennial return to her volume “The Accumulation of Capital”. Luxemburg here notes that despite the publication of the second and third volumes of Marx’s Capital in 1885 and 1894 respectively, political agitation and Marxist doctrine in Germany and elsewhere had been popularized on the basis of the incomplete conclusions of volume 1. As she writes regarding the second and third volumes – and as we today might extend to her Accumulation of Capital – “the
splendid new weapon rusts unused” except amongst “the restricted circles of the experts.” More

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