Pröbsting at an anticapitalist rally in Vienna
Pröbsting at an anticapitalist rally in Vienna

Michael Pröbsting was born in Vienna (Austria) in 1967. He became politically active when he was 14 years old and has been an organized Trotskyist militant since the age of 16. After five years of membership in the United Secretariat of the Fourth International of Ernest Mandel, he joined the League for a Revolutionary Communist International (later renamed to League for the Fifth International) in February 1989. He served on the leadership bodies of the Austrian section from 1989 and of the LRCI/LFI since 1994, until he and his comrades-in-arms were expelled by the majority of this organization in April 2011.

 

Soon after this, they founded the Revolutionary Communist Organization for Liberation in Austria and the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency which has sections in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Occupied Palestine/Israel, the USA, and Austria. He serves as the International Secretary of the RCIT.

 

 

 

As part of his international political work, Michael Pröbsting has spent lengthy periods in Occupied Palestine (Israel) in 1985, Eastern Germany during the political revolutionary process of 1989-91, Britain in 1994, and during the revolutionary period in Argentina in 2002. In addition, he gained experience in workers’ and anti-imperialist movements during numerous visits to Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Kosovo, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA.

 

Michael Pröbsting is the author of many articles and pamphlets in both German and English. He has also authored books on Migration (Marxismus, Migration und revolutionäre Integration, 2010) and the Arab Revolution (Die halbe Revolution. Lehren und Perspektiven des arabischen Aufstandes, 2011). In addition, he has contributed to a book on Rosa Luxemburg (Rosa Luxemburg – ”Ich bin ein Land der unbeschränkten Möglichkeiten”, 1999) as well as to the The Credit Crunch – A Marxist Analyses (2008), the latter of which has been published in English, German, and Turkish). In 2013, he published his latest book, The Great Robbery of the South, which analyses the super-exploitation and oppression of the semi-colonial world (often referred to as the “Third World”) by the imperialist powers and monopolies.

 



ENGLISH:


In The Great Robbery of the South Michael Pröbsting analyses the super-exploitation and oppression of the semi-colonial world (often referred to as the “Third World”) by the imperialist powers and monopolies. He shows that the relationship between the small minority of rich capitalist countries and the huge majority of mankind living in the semi-colonial world forms one of the most important elements of the imperialist world system we are living in.

 

The Great Robbery of the South shows that the past decades have been a complete confirmation of the validity of Lenin’s theory of imperialism and its programmatic conclusions.

 

The Great Robbery of the South demonstrates the important changes in the relationship between the imperialist and the semi-colonial countries. Using comprehensive material (including 139 Tables and Figures), Michael Pröbsting elaborates that never before has such a big share of the world capitalist value been produced in the South. Never before haven the imperialist monopolies been so dependent on the super-exploitation of the semi-colonial world. Never before has migrant labor from the semi-colonial world played such a significant role for the capitalist value production in the imperialist countries. Never before has the huge majority of the world working class lived in the South – outside of the old imperialist metropolises.

 

In The Great Robbery of the South Michael Pröbsting argues that a correct understanding of the nature of imperialism as well as of the program of permanent revolution which includes the tactics of consistent anti-imperialism is essential for anyone who wants to change the world and bring about a socialist future.

DEUTSCH:


Das Buch The Great Robbery of the South behandelt die Überausbeutung und Unterdrückung der halb-kolonialen Welt (der sogenannten III. Welt) durch die imperialistischen Monopole und Staaten.

 

Der Autor, Michael Pröbsting, analysiert diese imperialistische Überausbeutung auf der Grundlage der marxistischen Theorie sowie umfangreicher wirtschafts- und sozialwissenschaftlicher Daten.

 

Er zeigt auf, dass noch niemals zuvor ein solch hoher Anteil der weltweiten kapitalistischen Produktion im Süden stattfand. Er legt dar, dass noch nie zuvor die Konzerne und die westliche imperialistische Welt so abhängig von der Ausbeutung des Südens war. Pröbsting weist darüber hinaus nach, dass Migrantinnen und Migranten einen noch nie dagewesenen hohen Anteil an den Lohnabhängigen im Westen ausmachen.

 

Erstmals in der Geschichte der modernen Menschheit lebt die große Mehrheit der Arbeiterklasse im Süden.

 

Pröbsting, der Internationaler Sekretär der Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) ist, tritt für einen konsequenten Antiimperialismus als Teil einer sozialistischen Perspektive ein.

 

Das Buch ist in englischer Sprache verfaßt und wurde von der RCIT veröffentlicht.

 

ENGLISH:

 

In Cuba‘s Revolution Sold Out? Michael Pröbsting analyses the character of the Cuban Revolution 1959-61, its bureaucratic degeneration, and the recent march of the Castro leadership towards capitalism.

 

The author demonstrates how the Cuban Revolution, despite the initial modest intentions of its leaders, was spurred forward to more radical policies by grass roots struggles of Cuban workers and peasants. In fact, the very abolishment of capitalism by the Cuban regime was no part of the original game plan of either Castro’s Movimiento 26 de Julio or of the official Cuban communist party (PSP), but rather was a product of precisely such pressures from below.

 

Cuba‘s Revolution Sold Out? describes in detail how a number of relatively recent political, economic, and social measures were purposely taken by the Cuban government to open the road back to capitalism. Pröbsting elaborates the key role of the world’s new great imperialist power, China, in Cuba’s state policy as exemplified in the June 2011 Sino-Cuban agreement for a first Five-Year Plan of cooperation between these two states.

 

Cuba‘s Revolution Sold Out? examines these developments from the viewpoint of Marxist theory, the nature of the ruling bureaucracy in Stalinist states, and the process of restoration of capitalism under such regimes.

 

In conclusion, the book proposes a socialist program for political and social revolution in Cuba to halt the advance of capitalism and to eradicate the country’s bureaucratic dictatorship.

 

 

 

Michael Pröbsting has been a revolutionary activist for the past 30 years. He has written many articles and pamphlets in both German and English, and has authored or contributed to books on Rosa Luxemburg (1999), the World Economy (2008), Migration (2010), and the Arab Revolution (2011). His latest book, The Great Robbery of the South (published in 2013), analyses the super-exploitation and oppression of the semi-colonial world (often referred to as the “Third World”) by the imperialist powers and monopolies. Pröbstingis the International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency.