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guild socialism

a form of socialism developed in England in the 20th century, emphasizing decentralization of industry and services with control to be vested in autonomous guilds of workers.
Origin of guild socialism
First recorded in 1910-15
Related forms
guild socialist, noun
guild-socialistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for guild socialism
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  • This is not the place to discuss the possibilities of guild socialism.

  • The best features of "guild socialism" could nowhere have been so easily adopted.


    John Spargo
  • Of these few, not half a dozen know the meaning of French syndicalism or English guild socialism.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • It is in fact something like guild socialism with the socialism left out.

  • He has fused the insight of the syndicalist with the plans of the collectivists under the name of guild socialism.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • guild socialism as a scheme for placing production under the management of the producers seems to me to be on the wrong lines.

  • She had left a city which sat up nights to talk of universal transition; of European revolution, guild socialism, free verse.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for guild socialism

guild socialism

a form of socialism advocated in Britain in the early 20th century. Industry was to be owned by the state but managed and controlled by worker-controlled guilds
Derived Forms
guild socialist, noun
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