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Ergatocracy, or explicitly Rule of the Proletariat is an ideology where the working class, workers, or the proletariat are capable of ruling a society. Like most Left Unity ideologies, most of its followers/examples (such as Lenin, Marx or the Paris Commune), have held generally culturally progressive leanings, such as feminism.


The Prussian military man and socialist Joseph Weydemeyer, a close friend of Marx, was the first to coin the term "dictatorship of the proletariat" in the mid-19th century. German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels would develop the term economically and politically.

It is considered within Marxist theory that the Paris Commune, which was a workers' government that controlled the city for two months in 1871, was the first and greatest example of the dictatorship of the proletariat.

The Russian communist Vladimir Lenin would lead the October Revolution in 1917, overthrowing the Provisional Government and establishing the first official socialist state in history. According to Soviet historians, from that moment on, the Soviet Union became a dictatorship of the proletariat.


Ergatocracy maintains that workers should be the ones who have political power and govern. According to the Marxist-Leninist interpretation, a vanguard party was needed that would lead the working class in a revolution, which would overthrow the bourgeois order where a popular democracy would be established.

On the other hand, libertarian Marxists maintain that the proletarian revolution does not need a vanguard party but rather the working class itself and that vanguardism would end up creating a kind of aristocracy disconnected from the masses.


Ergatocracy is the typical worker fed up with Capitalism and supports the formation of the dictatorship of the proletariat. He is usually very radical and is a friend of practically all communist ideologies (or well, almost all...).

How to Draw

Flag of Ergatocracy
  1. Draw a ball
  2. Fill it with cyan
  3. Draw a white hammer-and-sickle in the middle
  4. Add the two eyes

You are done!

Color Name HEX RGB
Cyan #0C93D1 12, 147, 209
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255





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