75 years ago workers in Austria took up arms in an attempt to stop the fascists from taking power. Unfortunately, although the workers fought valiantly, the reformist leaders who dominated the labour movement refused to move in the direction of revolution and thus the workers suffered a terrible defeat. Today, as similar conditions begin to re-emerge what are the lessons we can draw?
The extreme right has risen again in Austria leaving many shocked. In reality what we have in Austria is growing political instability with swings to the left and the right as successive governments come up against the opposition of ordinary working people. Meanwhile there is ferment in the unions and within the ranks of the Social Democracy, the SPÖ.
The grand coalition in Austria has fallen apart, the two main parties
the Social Democrats and the Conservatives came under the opposing pressures of
the bosses and the working class. In the ranks of the labour movement a
militant mood is developing. The long established relative social peace is at
an end as the Austrian workers prepare to join their brothers and sisters
across Europe in a fightback against the
the collapse of Stalinism in Eastern Europe
the whole region has become a field of investment for western capital. Austria has
invested big time in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Now however all the
contradictions are mounting up and from a source of stability the region could
become a source of instability. Here we provide a brief comment on the economic situation of the CEE region.
On Saturday the "Der
Funke" Marxist tendency organised a big event with Trotsky's grandson, Esteban
Volkov, as special guest, to commemorate and celebrate the 90th anniversary of
the 1917 Russian Revolution. Around 200 people came to listen to the speeches in
defence of "Red October" and between 400-500 celebrated all night long at the
party that was organised after the meeting.
Youth of Linz plans to dissolve two of its branches by the end of August. The
obvious reason is the political work that the comrades, most of them activists
of the Marxist current Der Funke,
have developed for almost a decade. We urge all our supporters and readers to
sign the solidarity appeal and speak out against bureaucratic manoeuvres
against political opponents.