Abstentionists

Abstentionists

 

boycottists advocates of boycotting parliamentary elections. The name was attached in 1919–20 to a portion of the leftist elements of the Italian Socialist Party who sharply criticized the parliamentary corruption of the Socialist Party. A. Bordiga was the leader of the abstentionists. They demanded the immediate expulsion of the reformists from the party; this was the positive aspect of their activity. However, their refusal to participate in parliamentary elections and thir failure to understand the importance of other legal forms of the working classes’ struggle reflected their sectarian orientations. The tactics of the abstentionists endangered the workers’ movement and were profoundly criticized by V. I. Lenin in his work Left-wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder (1920).

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Khatami's endorsement also gave birth to an online movement, with social networkers urging abstentionists not to waste their votes this time around.
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We became abstemious and transcendental abstentionists.
For both reformists and conservatives, the key on Friday will be to mobilise abstentionists who demonstrated against Ahmadinejad's re-election in 2009, alleging massive electoral fraud.
As for the Lib Dems, aka the League of Militant Abstentionists, they are a joke.
Insofar as the decision rectified the unequal treatment afforded the abstentionists, it is unquestionably egalitarian.
This numerically minuscule, elitist and educationally privileged minority was divided between abstentionists from conventional politics and activists who, however, often ended by deserting the bourgeois nationalist Bunde for the N.
Internet social networks blocked after they were used to rally protests against Ahmadinejad's re-election four years ago have urged abstentionists not to waste their votes this time around.