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    De Leonism, occasionally known as Marxism–De Leonism, is a form of unionist Marxism[1] developed by Daniel De Leon. De Leon combined the rising theories of American unionism in his time with Ormarxf.png orthodox Marxism. According to De Leonist theory, militant industrial unions (specialized trade unions) are the vehicle of class struggle. Industrial Unions serving the interests of the proletariat (working class) will bring about the change needed to establish a socialist system.


    De Leon settled in New York City, studying at Columbia University. He was a Georgist.png Georgist socialist during the 1886 Mayoral campaign of Henry George and in 1890 joined the Socialist Labor Party, becoming the editor of its newspaper, The People. De Leon became a Marxist in the late 1880s, and argued for the revolutionary overthrow of Cap.png capitalism, trying to divert the SLP away from its Lassallian outlook.

    De Leon was highly critical of the trade union movement in America and described the craft-oriented American Federation of Labor as the "American Separation of Labor". At this early stage in De Leon's development, there was still a considerable remnant of the general unionist Knights of Labor in existence, and the SLP worked within it until being driven out. This resulted in the formation of the Socialist Trade and Labor Alliance (ST&LA) in 1895, which was dominated by the SLP.

    By the early 20th Century, the SLP was declining in numbers, with first the Social Democratic Party and then the Socialist Party of America becoming the leading leftist political force in America (as these splinter groups embraced capitalist reforms). De Leon was an important figure in the US labor movement, and in 1904 he attended the International Socialist Congress, held in Amsterdam. Under the influence of the American Labor Union (ALU), he changed his politics around this time to put more focus on industrial unionism, and the ballot as a purely destructive weapon, in contrast to his earlier view of political organization as 'sword' and industrial union as 'shield'. He worked with the ALU in the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in 1905. His participation in this organization was short-lived and acrimonious. After DeLeon's death, his ideology was carried on by the SLP with little success, although they had a brief moment in the 60s when disaffected left wing youth were looking for a party to join, the "dogmatic" leadership eventually caused most of that membership to drift away (they even alienated multi-time Presidential candidate Eric Hass into leaving the party). By the time their national office closed in 2008, they had a grand total of 77 members.


    Impossible.png Impossibilism

    Soc-h.png Socialist Industrial Unionism


    De Leonists are rare on the net (due to the younger ones closing in on age 80), but once you find one, you'll find out that they're comparable to syndicalists; a huge love for industrial unionism, the arming of workers for defense, and will tend to think of the gool 'ol days when trade unionist socialist parties used to be popular (compared to our time). De Leonists are chill with most LeftCom.png LeftComs and Awaj.png Anarchists, on the other hand, they're usually are very critical of Orthlen.png "bureaucratic state despotists" and Dsa.png "bourgeois socialists." This is because of both ideologies inability to lead a true workers revolution with either an elitist vanguard party or trying to reform capitalism, respectively.

    How to Draw

    Flag of De Leonism
    1. Draw a circle.
    2. Fill it with red.
    3. Draw a yellow circle inside.
    4. Draw a silhouette of a muscular arm holding a hammer in yellow (#D8C306) inside the circle and fill the silhouette in.
    5. Draw the eyes and you’re done.
    Color Name HEX RGB
    Red #C9261F 201, 38, 31
    Yellow #D8C306 216, 195, 6




    • Orthlen.png Leninism - You were successful at creating the first socialist state, but soon it degenerated into bureaucratic despotism.


    • Cap.png Capitalism - The only thing you do is destroy workers lives.
    • Fash.png Fascism - Militarism is only the natural accompaniment of capitalism fully developed.
    • Bernst.png Reformist Marxism - Bad socialist, very bad.
    • Socdem.png Social Democracy - This is literally just the natural conclusion of reformism...
    • 3way.png Third Way - I think I'm going to be sick...
    • Blanqui.png Blanquism - Why no mass movements?
    • Synd.png Syndicalism - Whosoever struts in the phraseology of Syndicalism is as ridiculous as a monkey would be in the frozen North, or a Polar bear in the wilds of the torrid zone. The social-political atmosphere makes them freak-frauds.
    • Sorelia.png National Syndicalism - Some dumb nationalist, don't listen to him.

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