Possibilism

Discipline: Political Science

Non-revolutionary revision of 'purist' socialism.

The argument that immediate gains for the working class by conventional means such as parliamentary politics, tactical voting and trade union negotiation were not a compromise with the existing order, but a preferable alternative to maintaining political purity and consequent political ineffectiveness.

A term originally applied within the late 19th century French Socialist Party.

Source:
David Stafford, From Anarchism to Reformism (London, 1971)

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