March 23, 1934, Page 1
TALK ON COMMUNIST
AND SOCIALIST VIEWS
OF AUSTRIAN STRIKE
T. Draper and G. Tyler Speak
At Social Science Club
Gus Tyler of the Young Peoples'
Socialist League and Theodore Draper, former president of the club,
discussed socialist and communist interpretations of the Austrian
situation at the Symposium on Austria held by the Social Science Club
Mr. Tyler defended the
socialist leaders of Austria by saying that they had prepared the
Austrian workers to fight, buying them guns and ammunition, and urging
them to revolt. He said that the slogan of the Social-Democratic party
of Austria was,"We will go down, but not without a fight."
Mr. Draper pointed out
that the general strike in Linz which precipitated the uprising was
called by a committee which had no organizational connections with the
Social Democratic Party. He cited the mass support of communist
activity in Linz long before the February revolt and quoted Otto
Bauer's statement on his attempt to prevent the Linz workers from
revolting. Mr. Draper quoted from a history written by Otto Bauer, the
theoretical leader of the Austrian socialists, in which Bauer claimed
that in 1919, the Austrian Soviets were put down by the Volkswehr, a
socialist controlled militia, and commented on Bauer's assertion that
if the Austrian socialist leaders had not been jailed in 1934 they
would have been able to quiet that revolt, too.
Mr. Joseph Cohen, in the
discussion that followed, said that "When Austrian socialists mounted
the barricades, they ceased to be socialists and became communists and
bolsheviks, since social-democracy consists of a peaceful road to
Dorothy Sapan, president
of the club, announced that Professors Thomas E, Coulton and Jesse D.
Clarkson will speak on War at the next meeting in room 301L next
Wednesday at noon.
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