Possibilism (19TH CENTURY)

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)

Possibilismpossibilist or possibilistic may refer to:

  • Possibilism (geography), a theory of cultural geography
  • Possibilism (politics), an 1880s faction of the Federation of the Socialist Workers of France
  • Possibilism (philosophy), the metaphysical belief that possible things exist (e.g. modal realism).
  • Possibility theory, a framework for reasoning with uncertainty in artificial intelligence
  • Possibilism and Possibilists, a somewhat derogatory term for Reformist Socialism and Social democracy
  • Libertarian possibilism, an anarchist current that advocates participation in political institutions

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