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Syndicalism is a political and economic ideology which advocates giving control of both industry and government to labor union federations. Syndicalisme is a French word meaning "trade unionism". This milder version of syndicalism was overshadowed by revolutionary anarcho-syndicalism in the early 20th century, which was most powerful in Spain, but appeared in other parts of the world as well.

Syndicalism forms one of the three most common theories of a pre-managed economic and labor structure. It believes, on an ethical basis, that all participants of each organized trade internally share equal ownership of its output and therefore deserve equal earnings and benefits within that particular trade, regardless of position or duty. This contrasts socialism's emphasis on the distribution of output from all different trades to one another as required by each trade, not necessarily considering how those trades organize themselves internally. Both these systems of pre-organized government can theoretically include variations on privatism, unlike the third such pre-arranged egalitarian strand of Communism, which includes abolition of government-sanctioned private ownership and private earnings in favor of making all property legally public and therefore solely the responsibility of the state and/or the community. Instances of syndicalism in power, during the Spanish Revolution or the 1956 Hungarian Revolution rapidly approach the economic organisation of communism, often within weeks of syndicalists seizing control of social production.

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  • Anarcho-Syndicalism, Rudolf Rocker, London, l989.
  • Revolutionary Unionism: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Dan Jakopovich, New Politics, Vol. XI.,No.3, 2007.
  • Liberalism and The Challenge of Fascism, Social Forces in England and France (1815-1870), J. Salwyn Schapiro, McGraw-Hill Book Co., NY, l949.
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