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 of Austria, 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 bosses onslaught.

Since 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.

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Revolution 2018 - a three-day festival of Marxist ideas
Revolution 2018 is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, In Defence...
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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
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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
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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
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