Last Friday all over Austria more than 60,000 school students protested against the cancelling of five holidays and demanded an increase in spending on the public education system. This is the biggest school student movement in the history of Austria.
Austria is in recession, and it gets worse as each day passes. More and more workers are being hit hard, with sackings and cuts in hours and wages. On Saturday we had a taste of what is to come, with a successful demonstration which initially the trade union leaders refused to support, but were later forced to back as the pressure from the ranks built up.
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.
Revolution 2018 is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, In Defence...
Revolution 2018 is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, In Defence of Marxism, and the Marxist Student Federation, with talks and discussions on current events, history, philosophy, and economics.
This year's event commemorates the revolutionary events of 1968 - a year that saw massive movements and protests by workers and students across the world: from the civil rights movement in the USA, to the dramatic events of May '68 in France.
50 years on, with the status quo collapsing all around us, these movements provide important and inspiring lessons for activists looking to organise, fight, and transform the world today.
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Rosa Luxemburg and the 1918 German Revolution The French Revolution of May 68 Martin Luther King and the black struggle The Suffragettes and the fight for equality: a century of struggle The Vietnam War How do we fight the far right? Artificial intelligence and nature of consciousness The first 100 days in power: what should Corbyn do? From barter to Bitcoin: what is money? From abortion rights to feminist strikes: the fight for women's emancipation today Trade wars - what are they good for? The 2008 crash to now - a decade of crisis Dialectics: from Hegel to Marx The crisis of liberalism How did capitalism come into being? The English Civil War James Connolly and the struggle for Irish independence Speakers include:
Alan Woods - author of Reason in Revolt Rob Sewell - author of Germany: from Revolution to Counter-Revolution Marie Frederiksen - author of Reclaiming Rosa Luxembourg: a true revolutionary Fred Weston - editor of In Defence of Marxism Adam Booth - author of Understanding Marx's Capital Daniel Morley - regular writer for www.socialist.net Natasha Sorrell - NEU activist
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