Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Antonio Gramsci and the New York Times

The turbulent sixties left us with some real good music . Unfortunately they also left us with corrosive social and family mores that have blighted our society since then. Skyrocketing divorce and out of wedlock births have fed crime and drug problems that mutate as we begin to solve them.
When a medical experiment fails, the patient dies. When a social experiment fails, society flails destructively like an injured beast.
Antonio Gramsci was a founding father and ideological light of the Italian Communist Party. He was very popular among leftist students in the 1960's. The cornerstone of his political philosophy was the idea of cultural hegemony. He observed the fall of Italy to the fascists and other failures of the communist movement. His explanation for communism's failure was the success of the ruling classes in shaping the minds of the public through education and through popular culture. His conviction was that by a struggle for control of a society can only succeed if it takes control of education, entertainment and the media.
Looking at the major networks, the New York Times, the Washington Post as well as some of the record labels, it is hard not to wonder whether one is watching pawns in the gramscian game or conscious students of Gramsci's political philosophy.
It is possible to share Gramsci's penetrating observations and to repudiate his Marxism. the "masses" today have knowledge of the stratospheric body count of "revolutionary " movements to better explain their failure to rally behind the red flag.
One can be a conservative traditionalist or as I am, "labour conservative" and incorporate Gramsci's observations into a political strategy. Out of respect to my readers, I am including some Gramsci quotes and a biography of Gramsci taken from the internet. The conscious recognition of cultural domains as a frontier of class struggle should not remain the exclusive property of the secular humanist left. The best way to fight an adversary is to take from him his kernels of truth and to incorporate them into one's own strategy and world view It is for this reason that I have discussed Antonio Gramsci in today's column. Sphere: Related Content

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