Freie Linke Österreich

Internal Schedule: International Congress of the Free Left

Vienna, May 27 – May 29, 2023

Organized by: Free Left Austria
Location: Das Freie Wort, Rögergasse 24-26, 1090 Vienna

War propaganda is currently topping the Corona narrative without ever exposing the pandemic as a crisis imposed from above. Meanwhile, the proxy war that NATO and Russia are waging in Ukraine has produced new political alliances that may usher in a descent and disintegration of the U.S. Empire.
Following the first congress of the anti-lockdown left in Prague, the Free Left Austria invites to a congress in Vienna. We welcome speakers from England, Switzerland and Austria as well as members of the Free Left from Austria and abroad and groups close to it. The aim is to get to know each other and to analyze the current situation, the agenda of the ruling class and our own power to act on the basis of impulse lectures. The evenings are each dedicated to panel and audience discussions open to the public.


Day 1:

  • from 10 am: coffee
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Imperialism, Multipolarity and the Nation-State.
    • Jean Marie Jacoby – Zum Fall des Hegemons USA
    • Christoph Hammer – Fahnenflucht
    • HHG – Thesen zur Nation
    • Thomas Oysmüller- Die transnationale Elite und der Krieg
    • Spots left for submission of keynote speeches
  • 19 pm: Capitalism and Crisis.
    Public panel and audience discussion
    with Fabio Vighi (Cardiff, UK – accepted), Claudia von Werlhof (Innsbruck, A – accepted) a.s.o.

Day 2:

  • from 10 am: coffee
  • 11 am – 5 pm: Sham Democracy – Totalitarianism – Surveillance State.
    • Bernd – Der heutige Finanzkapitalismus und die Folgen für den Klassenkampf
    • Irene – Zur Frauenfrage
    • Spots left for submission of keynote speeches
  • 19 pm: The Political in Crisis.
    Public panel and audience discussion
    with Karl Reitter (Vienna, A – accepted), Tove Soiland (Zurich, CH – accepted) a.s.o.

Day 3:

  • from 9 am: coffee
  • 2 pm: Closing plenary

Registration & information

Registration until the end of April at:

Food (5€) and drinks on site will be provided. If someone prefers to stay self-catered, please indicate when registering!

Need for sleeping places: As soon as we know how many people are coming, we will organize private accommodations or cheap sleeping places. In the end, the cost will be split among all guests (except those who want to arrange their own accommodations).

Translations: We are looking for people who can interpret at the congress:
English/German, English/Italian, English/Czech and possibly other languages.
Please let us know who can help out!

Impulse lectures: Duration up to 15min. If you would like to give a presentation on one or more topics, please send us in advance: choice of topic (1st, 2nd or 3rd day), a title and about 3 sentences on the content.