Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Antonio Gramsci via Chris Hedges

Antonio Gramsci
The following was passed along a couple of days ago and it keeps rattling around in my head ... interesting bubble gum from an earlier time as orchestrated in a talk by Chris Hedges. I am somewhat wary of an era in which "socialism" and "communnism" churned the social pot and the template is then applied to later times, but if you subtract the buzz words, pro and con, the observations strike me as interesting:
Antonio Gramsci wrote his “Prison Notebooks” at a time not dissimilar to our own. The political parties led by the liberal class, because they had detached themselves from the working class, were weak or irrelevant. The radical left had been neutered and had failed to articulate a coherent alternative vision to capitalism. There was a “crisis of authority.” Fascism was ascendant and state repression was becoming steadily more severe and totalitarian.
I had never heard of this fellow, aside from anything else. So much for my education.

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