• Reform or Revolution

  • By: Rosa Luxemburg
  • Narrated by: Anne Makoto
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Reform or Revolution, also titled Social Reform or Revolution?, is an 1899 pamphlet by Polish-German Marxist theorist Rosa Luxemburg, in which she argues that trade unions, reformist political parties, and the expansion of social democracy could not create a socialist society as Eduard Bernstein, among others, argued. She contends from a historical materialist perspective that capitalism is economically unsustainable and will eventually collapse and that a revolution is necessary to transform capitalism into socialism. The pamphlet was influential in revolutionary socialist circles and an important precursor to left communist theory.

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Years old arguments put to bed.

Rosa attacks with grace many of the claims still perpetuated today about the social function of trade unions and the limitations of co-op activity.

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Not a terrible reading

Reform or revolution is essential reading. However, the reader makes several errors like reading "dialectical" and "dialetic" and "trasnitory" as "transistory" repeatedly.

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Good book, funny performance

The later chapters of the book really get into the meat of what's wrong with the reform approach, and lay it out so clearly and simply why it won't work. Highly recommended read.

The narrator though, they're good and loved the whiny voice they did for the comments of the liberals. However they do have some pronunciation issues: "dialetical" instead of "dialectical" was common throughout, with "transistory" instead of "transitory" and "secretarian" instead of "sectarian" being quite funny. :)

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great look on today from the past

it's a great breakdown on how revisionist try to distort on what should be done today. a great analysis on what to lookout for when talking with liberals on progressive changes that are needed.