Austromarxism

Austromarxism was a territory and making of the nation a non-territorial association.

Overview

The Austromarxist group congregated since 1904 around magazines such as the Blätter zur Theorie und Politik des wissenschaftlichen Sozialismus and the Marx-Studien. Far from being a homogeneous movement, it was a home for such different thinkers and politicians as the Neokantian Max Adler and the orthodox Marxist Rudolf Hilferding.

In 1921 the Austromarxists formed the International Working Union of Socialist Parties (also known as 2½ International or the Vienna International), hoping to unite the 2nd and 3rd Internationals, something which eventually failed.

Austromarxism inspired later movements such as Eurocommunism and the New Left, all searching for a democratic socialist middle ground between communism and social democracy and a way to eventually unite the two movements.

Austromarxism was also put into practice as a precursor of radical reforming in Europe. Advanced social economic reforms, healthcare, housebuilding, and educational system in Vienna would inspire the Scandinavian social democratic parties and the British Labour Party.

Austromarxism was also the first movement in Europe to see adherents mount an armed resistance to fascist government, although eventually defeated in 1934.

The Austromarxist principle of national personal autonomy was later adopted by various parties, among them the Bund (General Jewish Labour Union), left-wing Zionists (Hashomer Hatzair) in favour of a binational solution in Palestine, the Jewish Folkspartei between the two world wars, and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania after 1989.

Further reading

  • T. Bottomore and P. Goode (eds), Austro-Marxism, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978).

References

  • Otto Bauer-Between Reform and Revolution-Early New Left
  • Otto Bauer und Die Mühen des Dritten Wegs Die Linke, Michael R. Krätke
  • Otto Bauer: Social Democracy and the Nationalities Question (1908)
  • Norbert Leser: Zwischen Reformismus und Bolschewismus. Der Austromarxismus in Theorie und Praxis (1968)

External links

  • Otto Bauer speaks about the crise 1929
  • Austro-Marxism and the National QuestionAndrés Nin
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