Gramsci vs. Klemperer

I recently picked Victor Klemperer’s diary from his experiences living as a jew in nazi Germany out of the bookshelf and skimmed through some selected parts. One of the most interesting parts from the early days is his brief but passioned description of how the german institutions fell quite resistanceless against the nazi party takeover, … More Gramsci vs. Klemperer

Gramsciana

I have written a paper that will be featured in the coming issue of the journal Gramsciana. Rivista internazionale di studi su Antonio Gramsci. (Visit their facebookpage for updates.) The subject of the paper is a public debate about Gramsci that ran in Norway in academic and left-political circles around 1980, mostly regarding Gramscis relationship to … More Gramsciana

Is the SJW-threath to academic freedom real, or just a right wing fantasy? A preliminary examination

WARNING: I recently did the following study over a short period of time, not knowing exactly what to do with it. I now realize it will be a long time until I’ll have the time to go through it, clean up links, language and structure for any serious publication, but as it is a hotly … More Is the SJW-threath to academic freedom real, or just a right wing fantasy? A preliminary examination

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