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The Orthodox Nationalist: Otto Bauer and the "Austro-Marxist" School –TON 111418

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Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson looks at Otto Bauer (1881-1938) the man who said ‘A nation is a totality of men united through community of fate into a community of character’.

Most people haven't heard of Otto Bauer or the Austro-Marxist faction. There's good reason for that.  This is because Bauer was a nationalist and saw socialism as not anti-national, but as completing the mission of the national culture.

Fuming, Lev Trotsky kicked him out of the Marxist movement forever. In brief, Bauer's theory was that socialism isn't really about money, but about citizenship. In turn, citizenship was about the leisure to enjoy and shape the national culture. Socialism would cut down working hours such that the ethnic whole could be extended to all, not just the elite.

While Bauer tends to underestimate the cultural literacy of the lower classes and the peasantry, Bauer is more of a Hegelian nationalist than a Marxist cosmopolitan. Class society is wrong primarily because it removes the majority of people from real citizenship. This alone makes Bauer a Strasserite communist rather than a Marxist in the normal sense.

Presented by Matt Johnson

The Orthodox Nationalist: Otto Bauer and the "Austro-Marxist" School –TON 111418


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