What is communalism?

  • (noun): The practice of communal living and common ownership.
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Communalism is a term with three distinct meanings according to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary. These include (1) "a theory of government or a system of government in which independent communes participate in a federation". (2) "the principles and practice of communal ownership". There is no indication whether communalism (sense 2) would apply in the "independent" communes described in the definition of communalism (sense 1). However, in practice, many experiments in utopian socialism did implement internal rules of communalist property ownership in the context of federated communalism. It is at least theoretically possible for a federation of communes to include communes which do not practice communalist rules of property, which is to say, that the overall national government may be a federation of communes, but that private property rather than communalist property is the order within each such commune. Karl Marx, often viewed as the founder of communism, criticized other socialists of his era, and made particularly blistering criticisms of utopianism which was generally conceived along communalist principles, both federational communalism and local property communalism.

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Communalism - Political Theory
... Communalism as a political philosophy was first coined by the well-known libertarian socialist author and activist Murray Bookchin as a political ... as a form of social anarchism, he later developed Communalism into a separate ideology which incorporates what he saw as the most beneficial elements of left anarchism, Marxism ...
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Communalism (South Asia)
... Communalism is used in South Asia to denote attempts to promote primarily religious stereotypes between groups of people identified as different communities ... In South Asia, "communalism" is seen as existing primarily between Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians ... In contemporary India, "communalism" designates not only the conflicts between extremist religious communities, but also those between people of the same religion but ...
Social Anarchism - Contemporary Currents - Social Ecology and Communalism
... to complement social ecology which he called "Communalism" (spelled with a capital "C" to differentiate it from other forms of communalism) ... as a form of Social anarchism, he later developed Communalism into a separate ideology which incorporates what he saw as the most beneficial elements of Anarchism, Marxism ... Economically, Communalism favours the abolition of markets and money and the transition to an economy similar to libertarian communism and according ...
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More definitions of "communalism":

  • (noun): Loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole.