Spartacist


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Spartacist

(ˈspɑːtəsɪst)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a member of a group of German radical socialists formed in 1916 and in 1919 becoming the German Communist Party, led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg
[C20: from the pen name Spartacus adopted by Karl Liebknecht]

Spartacist

1. a member of a German socialist party founded in 1918.
2. an extreme socialist. [Allusion to Spartacus, leader of a slave revolt against Rome, 73-71 B.C.]
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The first: in Sydney and Melbourne, general meetings of Women's Liberation were frequently subjected to long-winded hectoring addresses by young women from the Spartacist League about participating in class struggle being the only way to achieve the liberation of women.
00 Beverley A Polish-born Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist, Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) co-founded, with Karl Liebkneckt, the anti-war Spartacist League, which became the Communist Party of Germany.
My stepfather's best friend, Jeff, who lived in a cottage behind ours, was a member of the Spartacist League, a rival Trotskyist organization that was less shy about the violent implications of its rhetoric.
One of them, a former ss officer, is found murdered, while the other, a former Spartacist, is already finding much favor with Grandma.
Eventually I joined the Spartacist League (SL), a bolshevik Trotskyist organization, and sold their paper, Workers Vanguard, to students, longshoremen and the general public.
The attack on the World Trade Centre was an indiscriminate act of terror and the people who perpetrated it share the same mindset as the British and American imperialist rulers, because they equated the US imperialist rulers with the American people" - Mick Connor of the Trotskyite Spartacist League.
Also, about this time the leader of the Spartacist movement, Kurt Liebknecht, who had been jailed for sedition, was released, and the Spartacists judged that it was now a good time for a full scale revolution.
During the Spartacist uprising of 1919: "When the shooting began again I was proceeding towards the Reichstag.
Neither the First World War's deprivations nor the postwar uprising of Spartacist radicals (who had hoped that hunger would pave the way for a coup) brought about a reconstitution of social relations in Berlin.
Kollwitz' Karl Liebknecht Memorial is a dramatic black-and-white woodcut depicting the mourners of the fallen leader of the post-World-War-I Spartacist movement.
She was murdered after the Spartacist uprising in 1919.
In the time directly following the fall of Central Europe's great empires, however, both Right and Left sought classicizing emblems and stylistic tropes to buttress the new political movements--Fascism in Italy and Germany and related tendencies in France (whose ambivalent regime was sympathetic to Fascism--recall the violent anti-Semite Charles Maurras and his political party, the Action Franchise), as well as the countervailing Spartacist uprisings, Popular Front coalitions, socialist triumphs, and Communist states.