Happy Birthday ROSA LUXEMBURG (March 5, 1871 – January 15, 1919)
"Socialism alone is in a position to complete the great work of permanent peace, to heal the thousand wounds from which humanity is bleeding, to transform the plains of Europe, trampled down by the passage of the apocryphal horseman of war, into blossoming gardens, to conjure up ten productive forces for every one destroyed, to awaken all the physical and moral energies of humanity, and to replace hatred and dissension with internal solidarity, harmony, and respect for every human being.”
Image: ROSA LUXEMBURG MINES FOR SOLIDARITY
Detail/ LABOR SOLIDARITY HAS NO BORDERS
by Mike Alewitz
Dedicated to the Undocumented Workers of the World
Library for Social Studies & Research
South-Central LA / 1990/ Approx 23’ x 48’
Popudinské Močidľany village, Záhorie region, Western Slovakia.
Soviet Educational Advertisement in Yiddish, 1920
The “Kheyder” (traditional religious school) is compared to the modern “Rotn shul” (“Red School”): “The old school has fostered slates. The red school prepares healthy, capable working men, builders of the Soviet Order.”
Before the state established several Soviet Yiddish-language schools to further a Soviet agenda.
Lenin Unveils Liebknecht and Luxemburg Monument (1920)
Vladimir I. Lenin at the unveiling of a monument to German revolutionaries Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg on the first anniversary of their murders. Palace Square, Petrograd, 1920.
Photo by Victor Bulla
Anonymous asked: legit question: why do marxists on tumblr like/post architecture so much?
Because as materialists Marxists believe the built environment reflects and constructs subjectivity, and produces (and is produced by) the capital which flows through it.
There are two typical ‘genres’ of architecture which Marxists tend to post:
1. Modernist/Brutalist architecture surviving from a period when architects tried to imagine and create utopias.
2. Derelict industrial sites, which show what happens when capital can no longer animate infrastructure profitably.
Moldova. Transdniester. 2004: Crows circle a statue of Lenin in front of the Supreme Soviet building. Transdniester is in many ways one of the last bastions of communist nostalgia in the former U.S.S.R.
National Geographic,1968, Czechoslovakia.