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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We feel very disappointed and disgusted that the process of electing a minority leader has been bastardized because the minority leader has been chosen by a renegade group of abstentionists, who are not even members of the minority.
Harm reductionists, on the one hand, who promote harm reduction rather than drug reduction and, on the other hand, what has been referred to as the New Abstentionists, who are concerned that drug treatment has moved too far away from the goal of abstinence.
Khatami's endorsement also gave birth to an online movement, with social networkers urging abstentionists not to waste their votes this time around.
Khatami's endorsement of Rowhani for president gave birth to an online movement, with social networkers urging abstentionists not to waste their votes.
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.
We became abstemious and transcendental abstentionists.
As for the Lib Dems, aka the League of Militant Abstentionists, they are a joke.
While France previously formed part of the group of abstentionists, being neither overtly hostile to nor resolutely in favour of transgenics, it has now moved into the camp of anti-GMO countries, joining Poland, Greece and Austria.
Insofar as the decision rectified the unequal treatment afforded the abstentionists, it is unquestionably egalitarian.
CND representatives are accountable to their governments, and recent CND sessions have included resolutions acknowledging the value of sterile injection equipment and spirited debate between US abstentionists and Europeans pressing to remove legal obstacles to clean-needle programs or methadone treatment.