A spectre is haunting the Communist Party of Austria, and the spectre is the republic’s Pirate Party.
For the upcoming communal elections in October, the Viennese chapter of the Austrian Communists („KPÖ“) has joined the fray of campaigners together with the capital’s pirates. And why not? Alliances of any kind, for any purpose, with any organization of a vaguely leftist bent, are by principle welcome to every Communist Party. Solidarity and unity are deeply ingrained in the genes of class struggle since the 19th century. It is the natural response to the „divide et impera“ of the powers that be, or so the theory goes. In the given case, there are additional practical enticements for such a liaison: