One of the leading associated features of the Columbia strike process has been the general miasma of tactical incompetence and want of comprehension originating in the ranks and peripheries of the nation's ruling elite. As the coincidence of Columbia with Paris and Germany's SDS suggests, these events inaugurate a new pre-revolutionary interval in the history of advanced capitalism as a whole. This emerges, as has been the case for every pre-revolutionary period since the turn of the century, in the form of a mass strike process, in the sense given to the mass strike by Rosa Luxemburg. In a pre-revolutionary period, all previously established laws of normal human behavior are superceded by the special set of laws peculiar to that mass strike process. All those accustomed to successful wheeling-and-dealing in an "orderly world" discover their fatuous tactical recipes for government reduced to impotence in face of a new social phenomenon with its own peculiar laws.
While certain connotations of the term, mass strike, may seem far more appropriate to present-day France than the Columbia struggle, we shall see from analysis of the latter that Columbia can not be understood except in terms of those special laws of social dynamics otherwise exhibited on only a broader scale in Paris.
Our principal difficulty, as revolutionaries, is that Luxemburg's booklet, the only specific analysis of this pehnomenon extant, was written in 1906, and therefore introduces its analysis and perspectives in terms of the circumstances of a long-lapsed period of modern history. We have, therefore, to distinguish those aspects of her general analysis which rise above the peculiarities of that period, and to correlate that abstraction with the actual circumstances and tasks confronting revolutionaries in 1968. It is to the furtherance of that essential process of updating Luxemburg that this article is written.
In order to make those indicated analytical connections we must go beyond a statement of the circumstances peculiar to the present situation. From a Marxian theoretical standpoint, there are important omissions in Luxemburg's efforts to situate the mass strike process within the more fundamental conceptions of Marxian thought itself. That is, as we shall