Definitions

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  • n. A political philosophy embracing the virtues of immediate social interactions with people as a means of countering the antisocial consequences of consumerist capitalism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Immediateness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being immediate.
  • n. In United States history, the principles of the immediatists.

Etymologies

immediate +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These English abolitionists were coming to "immediatism" from

    The Negro and the Nation A History of American Slavery and Enfranchisement

  • On the question of gradualism vs immediatism: would you push a button to elimnate food stamps tomorrow if ...

    Rad Geek People’s Daily – 2008 – October – 03

  • This whole issue of immediatism vs gradualism is one I want to devote more time to thinking about.

    Libertarianism through Thick and Thin

  • All this strongly suggests that Sciabarra prefers a form of libertarian gradualism, and suspects that any form of immediatism depends on non-dialectical disregard for the cultural base necessary to sustain liberty.

    Libertarianism through Thick and Thin

  • On the question of gradualism vs immediatism: would you push a button to elimnate food stamps tomorrow if you knew 30 people would starve?

    Libertarianism through Thick and Thin

  • But I think that one of the important things about anarchism is that it gives you a way to combine ultra-immediatism with incrementalism — to work for total revolution to the extent that you can, but through means that allow you to get something of what you want, even if you fall short of that.

    Metropolitan secession

  • His focus seemed to lean more towards immediatism than the invention of a new narrative or the reinvigoration of an old one.

    2004 June | Jewschool

  • There is also a certain irony in the fact that the contemporary movements of sensualism, immediatism, anarchism, and romantic violence among the young in Western Europe and America which invoke Marx's name are, allowing only for slight changes in idiom, the very movements he criticized and rejected during the forties of the nineteenth century — the period in which Marx was developing his distinctive ideas.

    MARXISM

  • The members objected to so near an approach to _immediatism_, not, however, be it remarked, on account of the unfitness of the apprentices, (slaves) but their own convenience.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • Therefore any mischance that might have occurred in any part of this tardy process would have been justly attributable to _gradualism_ and not to _immediatism_.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

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