All of the political parties represented in the city council have offices here.
We end the evening by discussing the open air Green Day concert they are going to attend the following day in Vienna, a birthday present for their 13-year old daughter presumably, a future worker.
Nonetheless, the party stuck to its name and to Marxism as its ideological foundation, perhaps because things could hardly get any worse: the KPÖ had long been Austrias most marginalized historical party.The comparisons drawn by Savernik to the KPÖ did, of course, not concern the accident.Kühberger also relates an anecdote or two about the Tariq Ali visit and some other high-profile guests such as Harry Cleaver, Silvia Federici, and Billy Bragg.Nonetheless, he stressed several times that the KPÖs individual representatives were genuine and honorable.Kaltenegger decided on housing, a topic that concerns many citizens in a very concrete way.Steirische Volksstimme (the Styrian Peoples Voice) are the kind of low-cost publications you can pick up for free in any Austrian town.The State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics.Meine Kneipe - 100 deutschsprachige Hits!The protest votes argument is a common one.It starts with someone reading texts by the early-twentieth-century Jewish satirist Kurt Tucholsky and ends with the former German Red Army Faction member-turned-book publisher Karl-Heinz Dellwo presenting a new volume about the socialist student leader Rudi Dutschke.She says that I can write what I want.An awkward moment arises when I ask Kahr about the relationship between the Styrian KPÖ and the national party leadership.It reminds of something a young anarchist in town told me the day before: Have you noticed that the Communist Party members never speak of communism unless they are asked?According to the Communists, gambling is responsible for some of the worst hardship among working-class families.
I check my watch.We chat about common acquaintances from Innsbruck, Tyrols capital, where the left is small enough for anarchists, autonomists, and communists to all know one another.And, she adds, there is a sense of community.Playing on the stereotype of Styrians being stubborn it reads: Typically Styrian: Stubbornly for Social Justice."Meine Kneipe" lädt zum Mitsingen und Feiern ein - die ganze Nacht hindurch steht einzig.All of Austrias Communist Youth and Communist Students Association groups, for example, no matter the position of their respective mother party chapters, increasingly orient themselves toward the Graz model these days.It sports a hammer and sickle above an Austrian flag, which conveniently consists of two red bars against a white background, underscoring the old communist symbol.In any case, Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his imagined Soviet tank trauma, will not be happy.Ernest Kaltenegger is a legendary figure among local Communists and consistently named as the single most important reason for the Graz KPÖs success.He says that accusations of being closet Stalinists will always haunt parties with a communist foundation, no matter the name, and that it is important to be open about ones convictions and not to engage in false advertising.The Austrian Social Democrats even stood for their own brand of socialist theory, the so-called Austromarxism, whose main principles were formulated by Otto Bauer in the 1920s.
I also believe that the threat of neoliberalism and the extreme right in Europe requires some kind of bulwark on the parliamentary level.