Why is the bourgeoisie incapable of governing?
Rosa Luxemburg: Get out of the government, into the revolution!
We are now facing a moment of world historical importance, shortly before the negotiations of the Central Council. The revolution has almost been brought to the brink of the abyss, and the proletariat must pull it back with an iron hand. The government has done everything to wrest power from the central council of the A. and S. councils in advance, it has disarmed the civilian population and the proletariat, it has taken measures that are against the revolution and confuse the masses. On the other hand, one has to fight with relentlessness. (Loud applause)
Closing speech by Rosa Luxemburg:
(According to a newspaper report)
Our first duty is to cut off any bridge with the current government. That is our demand and we are right. Comrade Barth stood there earlier and listed his revolutionary exploits. If Comrade Barth is really such a great revolutionary, then he has worn out very quickly in the last five weeks. Comrade Barth now takes part in all counter-revolutionary actions of the Ebert government. Why did he join this government? Why did he not stay in the ranks of the proletariat where there is the place of a true revolutionary? No, comrades, individuals do not make the revolution; if the revolution does not come from the masses themselves, it is not worth a shot of powder. Ströbel stated that the representatives of the USP must participate in the government for revolutionary cooperation. No, comrades, what matters for us socialists is not to govern, but to overthrow capitalism. It has not yet been shaken, nor does it exist; It is not a matter of showing that we can be a party capable of governing and that we, as socialists, cannot govern now in this government, that has already been proven. We have been told that we will have to wait a long time for the majority of the proletariat to come to terms with our revolutionary views. Those who advance this argument completely fail to recognize the lively and energetic pace of revolutionary development. It is not us who want to come to power, but we want the majority of the proletariat to have political power in their hands. All those who raised the bogeyman of the National Assembly had a confusing effect on the masses and slowed down the revolutionary development for months and years. Hilferding emphasized the democratic principle. But this formal equality of democracy is lies and deceit as long as the economic power of capital still exists. One cannot debate with the bourgeoisie and the junkers whether to introduce socialism. Socialism does not mean sitting down in parliament and passing laws, for us socialism means overthrowing the ruling classes with all the brutality (great laughter) that the proletariat is able to develop in its struggle. The National Assembly should serve to bridge the gap between capital and labor. You now have to decide which path you want to go, either with us or with Scheidemann. There is now no more evasive action, just an either-or.
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