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Auckland Workshop: The Revolutionary Ideas of Antonio Gramsci

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It took five years for Mussolini to crush the Italian working class and get away with incarcerating its leaders. At Gramsci's show trial in 1926, the fascist judge sentenced him to 20 years gaol. In a reference to the tremendous impact Gramsci had had on the engineering workers while editing L'Ordine Nuovo and his subsequent leadership of the Communist Party in the 1920s, the judge declared: "we must stop this brain working for 20 years". Gramsci spent the last 11 years of his life in Mussolini's gaol.

Socialist Aotearoa hosts a series of meetings on Marxist revolutionaries- this week we look at the great Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci and the ideas of Cultural Hegemony.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room (short name): 105-029 Room (long name): ClockT029
University of Auckland Clock Tower Building off Princes Street

Socialist Aotearoa

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Re: Auckland Workshop: The Revolutionary Ideas of Antonio Gramsc

How come these things get announced so late?

Re: Auckland Workshop: The Revolutionary Ideas of Antonio Gramsc

cultural hegemony = the workers are plain dumb. they are all brainwashed full of false consciousness. they support fascism sometimes even. they need a vanguard party and intellectuals to help them see the light. they can't see through the bourgeois shit themselves. yuuukkkkkk.

INdymedia Trolls live in a simplistic paradise.

troll= the workers are all organic intellectuals. they are class conscious revolutionaires. they have never supported fascism in their lives, not even one. they don't need any revolutionary organisations short of spontaneous single issue campaigns. they see through all bourgeois shit instantly and there is no need for any revolutionary propaganda, be it anarchist, socialist or INdymedia.

Yeah, Right.
UNlike you, Troll, Gramsci put his life on the line for the working class, and his ideas deserve an audience. So go get fucked.

Re: Auckland Workshop: The Revolutionary Ideas of Antonio Gramsc

thank you for your comment. i still think gramsci's ideas are elitist. he looks down upon workers. likes to see them as passive, manipulated, powerless. in contrast, capital is powerless, active, hegemonic. he is looking at a period of extreme working class defeat. the rise of fascism and all. thus his theory is very bleak. his theory does not apply so much to other periods. his theory is overrated and somewhat outdated.

and no, i do not think all workers are class conscious revolutionaries. far from it. but we are intelligent, and can see through a lot of the hegemony. we also resist capitalism in small ways everyday. but you are unlikely to see that if you think everyone is brainwashed and needs outside help.

Re: Re: Auckland Workshop: The Revolutionary Ideas of Antonio Gr

Well I never thought I was thick and went through the British system from 1937 onwards. Working class secondary education and an enforced dose of army. We were not taught anything but the system and of course load all of this with patriotism and a bit of religiousness. It all looked like reality to me and a lot of my friends, which of course was the aim of the ruling elite.

Let us have more of these consciousness raising workshops. Thank you for your efforts to awaken the unawakened.

Re: Re: Auckland Workshop: The Revolutionary Ideas of Antonio Gr

Anonymous wrote: "i still think gramsci's ideas are elitist. he looks down upon workers. likes to see them as passive, manipulated, powerless. in contrast, capital is powerless, active, hegemonic. he is looking at a period of extreme working class defeat."

Gransci didn't look down on workers at all. Nor was his interst in the ideological hegemony of bourgeois ideas the product of extreme working class defeat. Gramsci was involved the struggles of workers' councils in Italy that came out of WW1 and it was those struggles that led to his concern with political consciousness and how it works.

The consciousness of the masses is a serious problem for every serious leftist. If the working class spontaneously reached revolutionary conclusions then capitalism would have been overthrown a long time ago.

The notion of hegemony has nothing to do with thinking workers are empty vessels and brainwashed. That's not how hegemony works at all! If you want to critique Gramsci, fair enough, but first you shoulod make some effort to know what you are actually critiquing.

For instance, Gramsci looks at how not only 'passive consent' but also 'active consent' works, how the ruling class incorporates layers of the opposition into the management of the system and much more.

The issue is not that there isn't daily resistance by workers in all kinds of ways to the power of capital. No serious leftist would dispute this. The issue is how and why all this resistance never gets very far, why it is never able to pose a serious threat to the rule of capital.

If I was in Auckland, this is certainly an event I'd go to. And Gramsci is well worth reading - whether someone is an anarchist, Marxist or any other 'ist' serious about social change.

Philip Ferguson

Philip Ferguson