Activism



the doctrine or practice of vigorous action or involvement as a means of achieving political or other goals, sometimes by demonstrations, protests, etc.
Philosophy.

a theory that the essence of reality is pure activity, especially spiritual activity, or process.
a theory that the relationship between the mind and the objects of perception depends upon the action of the mind.

Contemporary Examples

What is it about music that makes it a tool for activism and change?
Melissa Etheridge Is Mad As Hell About Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws Kevin Fallon January 20, 2014

No recent surgeon general nominee has had such a record of activism.
Meet Obama’s Controversial Surgeon General Nominee Soumitra R. Eachempati, MD February 13, 2014

Still, the accusation of activism persists because it has too much cachet, too much historical valence to fade from view.
Is the Supreme Court Unconstitutional? Jonathan Blitzer July 13, 2009

Cogswell’s book most powerfully reminds you of the necessary mess of activism.
Tick-Tock: The Explosive Power of the Lesbian Avengers Tim Teeman March 21, 2014

The activism, even amongst the community, was difficult and flinty.
Matt Bomer Tells the Personal Story Behind His Heartbreaking ‘Normal Heart’ Performance Kevin Fallon May 20, 2014

Historical Examples

The Mysticism he opposes is of the type that is virtually the negation of the activism which is to him fundamental.
Life’s Basis and Life’s Ideal Rudolf Eucken

This practical idealism Eucken described by the term “activism.”
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8 Various

To recognise all this clearly is at the same time to acknowledge the superiority of activism over all mere Romanticism.
Life’s Basis and Life’s Ideal Rudolf Eucken

PEN grew quickly to become an international advocate for freedom of expression and continues its activism to this day.
Songs for Parents John Farrar

It is detrimental to activism itself if it takes the problem of life lightly.
Life’s Basis and Life’s Ideal Rudolf Eucken

noun
a policy of taking direct and often militant action to achieve an end, esp a political or social one
n.

1920 in the political sense; see activist + -ism. Earlier (1907) it was used in reference to a philosophical theory.

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