Red Vienna, Sports, and Antifascist Organizing: Gabriel Kuhn on Against the Grain

Antifascism, Sports, Sobriety: Forging a Militant Working-Class Culture

Against the Grain
August 22nd, 2017

At a time when the far right has become more visible and emboldened in the streets, what lessons can be drawn from the past for building a mass left politics against the right?  Radical writer and former professional soccer player Gabriel Kuhn discusses struggles against the far right in Europe, historically and today, and the role that sports has played in working class politics.  He talks about the history of the Austrian Social Democratic Workers’ Party, or SDAP, their experiments in collective life, culture, and sports, and their antifascist workers’ militias. Kuhn also reflects on the weakness of the left in Europe today.

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