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- n. A doctrine or movement of reform.
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- n. Any of several movements that promote reform
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- n. a doctrine of reform
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Lenin, no passive waiting type, differentiated between reforms, which are good, and reformism, which is horrible.
Then came the Vietnam War, and the old, reformist Left, defensive about its anticommunism as a source of catastrophic blundering in Southeast Asia, was challenged by a New Left now convinced that "reformism" was a cop out and a delusion, certain to fail in a "nation conceived in sin, irredeemable."
This while I have always been critical of the LCP for its Leninist-Stalinist rigidity, and its ineffective "reformism" as we used say.
In Lenin's day, 'reformism' was the ultimate transgression for Communists: now it is their saving grace.
Such trite sentiment revealed the kind of reformism that some radicals detected in an
Visiting Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Britain, he reported on wages, working conditions and the movement, hobnobbed with radicals, addressed meetings and poured scorn on 'reformism' and 'trade union fakirs'.
While "reformism" only became a practical issue in the American Party in
It appears, then, that the overwhelming majority of the German Party is unalterably opposed to "reformism," "revisionism," opportunism, compromise, or any policy other than that of revolutionary Socialism.
There can be no doubt that Socialist "reformism" has become very widespread.
Turati's "reformism" seems to be less opportunistic than it was, but as long as he insists, as he does to-day, that it is only conditions that have changed and not his reformist tactics, that the revolutionaries are moving towards the reformists, the relation of the two factions is likely to remain as embittered as ever.
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