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.