Definition of class struggle in English:

class struggle

(also class war)


  • (in Marxist ideology) the conflict of interests between the workers and the ruling class in a capitalist society, regarded as inevitably violent.

    • ‘What all these schemas had in common was a rejection of the class struggle as the vehicle for socialism.’
    • ‘The social upheavals concomitant on the war and the class struggles that followed it tended to undermine such social conventions.’
    • ‘At the heart of capitalism is an ongoing class struggle between capital and labour.’
    • ‘He would no doubt sneer at the universalist ideals of that generation, but they informed the class struggles of the inter-war period.’
    • ‘To accomplish this task the working class must draw the lessons of the last century of great class struggles and build a genuine international socialist workers party.’
    • ‘Over the last 20 years modern trade union leaders have abandoned the use of the strike as a blunt weapon in a class war against capitalism.’
    • ‘But if we were to draw up a balance sheet of the class struggle today, by and large workers are winning more than they are losing.’
    • ‘The social reforms won throughout the previous century by the working class were achieved as a by-product of militant class struggles.’
    • ‘After the First World War, Europe had been wracked by years of violent class struggles, but after the Second World War it had been possible to pacify the situation in Europe and restore bourgeois rule in a relatively short period of time.’
    • ‘But what stage is the class struggle at, and what does it matter to socialists?’
    • ‘He developed a theory of the downturn in the class struggle to justify this sectarian line.’
    • ‘But their policies are only the sharpest expression of the class war being waged by all capitalist parties.’
    • ‘The Fourth International was founded in 1938 through the initiative of Leon Trotsky because only this party would ensure the continuation of Marxism and prepare the working class for future class struggles.’
    • ‘The class struggle which is worldwide, the same in America as in Russia, makes us brothers indeed.’
    • ‘They are a product of a past phase or phases of the class struggle and the workers' movement.’
    • ‘This is a tragedy, because they have a key and crucial role to play in the class struggles of this nation.’
    • ‘But the truth is that there really is a class struggle and that capitalism and socialism are at odds with one another.’
    • ‘This will lead to an inevitable increase in revolutionary class struggles on a world scale.’
    • ‘Many were left without the means to buy food and supermarkets became the battleground of the class struggle.’
    • ‘The class war is a war, with the other side continually trying to take advantage of weak points on our side, to encourage division and fragmentation.’


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