Disproving Economic Determinism – The Chinese Connection

As the few determined readers of this off-and-on blog probably have gathered by now, I believe that one of the most important contributions Antonio Gramsci has made to modern political thought, is his break with the economic determinism of many early Marxists. It has been an ongoing debate, to which extent Marx himself can be … More Disproving Economic Determinism – The Chinese Connection

Gramsci, common sense and the Norwegian right

Like Antonio Gramsci found himself confined to Mussolini’s dungeons, having to jot down short lines of thought in small notebooks, I at times find myself confined to the kitchen table, by a laptop, forced by an uncontrollable impulse to comment on something I have seen or read, to write a few short lines about some … More Gramsci, common sense and the Norwegian right

Gramsci in Spain

  Recently I was asked to Chair a seminar on grass roots mobilization Attac arranged in Trondheim, with participation from Kari Kristensen, who had recently returned from a solidarity journey to Greece, and Fransisco Sanches from the Spanish party Podemos.   The growth of Podemos A lot of the discussion naturally revolved around Podemos’ growth … More Gramsci in Spain

Machiavelli, The Gramsci Blog, a Local Essay-debate and Journalistic Prose

Machiavelli I recently skimmed through parts of Trond Berg Eriksen´s Machiavelli biography (Machiavelli Reven i hønsegården (transl. Machiavelli The Fox in the Henyard), when I stopped by a description of Machiavelli’s use of Livy in Discorsi: “There is little system in Machiavelli’s political thought in Discorsi. The trick of the book consists of using a … More Machiavelli, The Gramsci Blog, a Local Essay-debate and Journalistic Prose

The Killing of Frank Sulloways “Born to Rebel”

A gramscian prelude In my critique of Anders Ehnmark’s Antonio Gramsci, one of the passages I criticize is where Ehnmark seems to disregard the influence class background has on peoples thoughts: “It is ironic how an author can first write about Gramsci that “He does not believe that the class thinks within a man. One … More The Killing of Frank Sulloways “Born to Rebel”