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  • n. a name given to different trends in left-wing political discourse, especially anarchism and Marxism


worker +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)


  • Even if it admits the relevance of national domination in the exploitative processes, 'workerism' insists on a perspective of an immediate struggle for socialism.

    ANC Today

  • I think there has been a tendency in the movement for us to become "workerist," but if you look at the literature and the history of the left, including the communist left, I don't think that that has generally been the case, that it has been so exclusively focused on a kind of workerism or primarily concerned with the immediate needs of the working class.

    Political Affairs Magazine

  • "A tendency (in South African politics), loosely described as 'workerism', denies that the main content of the immediate conflict is national liberation which it regards as a diversion from the class struggle.

    ANC Today

  • The SACP itself continued to argue that 'workerism' was necessarily 'reformist' and lashed out at the 'workerists' who mooted the idea of forming a specifically workers 'party as not dedicated to the' overthrow of capitalism '. [


  • We have also looked at some of the errors and weaknesses within these three brands of workerism.


  • We have suggested that these forms of workerism have been closely associated with certain intellectuals linked to the trade union movement.


  • But you will find the outlook and errors of workerism creeping in as a tendency in quite


  • These are the really important problems for workerism.


  • Often workerism has held back the fullest participation of the organized workers in our struggles.


  • This syndicalist brand of workerism does not deny the need for workers to get involved in wider political issues.



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    ‘Workerism’ - there really was such a word - was the original ‘identity politics’. Marx’s revolutionary humanism was never a politics of workerism. On the contrary, he argued that the higher goal was the abolition of the working class, with the abolition of the conditions of its exploitation, capitalism; this was a revolution that the working class would make, Marx said. ‘Workerism’ was a descent from Marx’s goal, embracing the prejudices of the working class in its brutalised form.

    January 25, 2008