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  • hegemonics.org.uk - home page
    to offer a new veneer It has cut public expenditure savagely offering the excuse that the dismal state of public finances was the fault of the preceding government and has begun to attack some of the basic precepts of the welfare state including privatisation of the NHS However most of this has been based upon policies initiated by New Labour thus preventing the Labour opposition from offering any real alternative The dismal descent from confident opening to ultimate defeat stems from New Labour s ambiguous relationship to its Conservative predecessors When they took over in 1997 Blair and Brown argued that what was needed to repair the damage caused by Thatcherism was a new marriage between social justice and economic efficiency a formula that conjured up images of regulating markets and taming capitalism But the New Labour project was not about bringing traditional social democratic values to bear on global capitalism Rather it was been an exercise in neo liberal social engineering seeking to redesign social institutions reshape cultural norms and redirect individual behaviour in pursuit of boundless economic growth and the extension of market relations into ever more spheres of human life In this sense it is the continuation of Thatcherism by other means Like Mrs Thatcher before them New Labour s leaders insist there was no alternative and indeed if some version of old or real Labour were the only other option on offer this claim might pass muster But we believe the time is long overdue to dispense with labourism altogether and build a modern democratic left There is no need to start from scratch The groundwork was done in the 1970s when the contradictions of Keynesian social democracy came to a head and the Wilson and Callaghan governments beset by inflationary crisis tried to manage the

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  • Hegemonics.co.uk: Links to Antonio Gramsci
    Gramsci is probably that in Wikipedia at wikipedia org wiki Antonio Gramsci this contains a number of links for further reading and information the most useful of which are The International Gramsci Society which has many articles of all kinds as well as conferences and meetings The Fondazione Instituto Gramsci at has an even wider listing though it is mostly in Italian A useful archive source is Gramsci Links Archive

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  • hegemonics.co.uk - contemporary pieces
    to Antonio Gramsci Contemporary pieces 1970s articles Gramscian politics in 70s and 80s Contemporary pieces The Pursuit of Happiness by Michael Prior Searching for the Left by Michael Prior Looking for the Left by David Purdy and Michael Prior In

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  • Hegemonics.co.uk: Articles about the political crisis of the 1970s
    crisis of the 1970s The taking up of Gramscian politics in the 1970s as a new way forward for socialism was stimulated by the profound economic and political crises of that decade The writings linked in this page examine these and their background in some detail and look at their implications for current politics The Years of Lead sets out the background to the period the Political Economy of Inflation

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  • Hegemonics.co.uk - Gramscian politics in the 1970s and 1980s
    emerging as a major economic issue as is described in an accompanying paper The key assertion of the dissident group and one which was most clearly informed by a Gramscian perspective was that orthodox left policy failed to recognise that the organised working class had achieved a position of real power inside Britain which meant that it had to take some responsibility for the economic problems of the time In contrast the orthodox line was that Britain s acute economic problems were entirely the responsibility of the ruling class whose overthrow would be achieved by tightening the screw over wage demands and increasing public expenditure The first lengthy presentation of this was in a pamphlet published in 1974 written by Bill Warren and Michael Prior Advanced Capitalism and Backward Socialism The specific problem of inflation had been tackled in the same year by Pat Devine in an article in Marxism Today entitled The Conflict Theory of Inflation A more developed and explicit account of a Gramscian approach to the British political crisis was written by David Purdy and Michael Prior Originally circulated in samizdat form within circles in and around the Communist Party it was published by Spokesman Press in 1979 under the title Out of the Ghetto By 1979 the British political crisis had developed to the point of the election of a right wing Conservative government The left largely failed to recognise the critical importance of this government treating it as a re run of the election in 1970 when a Conservative government had tried and failed to grapple with Britain s economic problems with the framework of the post war settlement The importance of the new Thatcher government was seen by one Gramscian political analyst Stuart Hall who began to publish a series of expositions on the

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  • hegemonics.co.uk - Coalitions of the Unwilling A Workshop on searching for the left
    Home page Workshop Coalitions of the Unwilling Feelbad Britain Beyond Feelbad Britain Links to Antonio Gramsci Contemporary pieces 1970s articles Gramscian politics in 70s and 80s

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  • Hegemonics.co.uk - Gramsci and Us by Andrew Pearmain
    but also because Gramsci was unusually open to other non Marxist traditions and prepared to change his mind Into the 1980s and 90s interest in Gramsci waned along with the fortunes of all wings of the British Left Until recently Gramsci only seemed to feature as a passing reference on Cultural Studies courses There are signs now of a revival of interest in Gramsci across academia especially in history and development studies and in the wider world Certain key Gramscian concepts have proved especially resonant in Britain though they re not always properly understood and deployed Gramsci is more often bandied about than read in the original In particular the term hegemony is far richer than simply electoral defeat of your opponents but represents a whole system of domination and collaboration which reaches into every aspect of life and human society Crucially it relies on the consent as well as coercion of subordinate or subaltern groups and through a subtle blend of encouragement and intimidation constructs a common sense about the way the world is and how it can and cannot be changed Custom tradition and culture are central elements of this hegemonic common sense which assembles a dominant historic bloc of social and political forces The leading British Gramscian Stuart Hall made much use of the term national popular to demonstrate how such successful historic blocs invariably connect to patriotism The role of intellectuals is crucial to the process of hegemony both traditional intellectuals undertaking traditional intellectual functions in education the law religion and so on and organic intellectuals who take upon themselves responsibility for organizing change and provide a crucial point of contact between ruling elites and the masses Periods of history are characterised either by war of movement where change occurs rapidly and at particular points in society the Soviet revolution was Gramsci s most obvious example or by war of position where change is much slower broader and deeper and less dramatic This is the more typical situation in the west with its relatively developed and established less gelatinous economic political and cultural systems Finally optimism of the will pessimism of the intellect which became a kind of Gramscian watchword or motto in the 1970s and has helped to see more than a few of us through dark times In fact the phrase was coined by the French author Romain Rolland and appreciatively appropriated by Gramsci I m sure it helped him not just to endure imprisonment but to keep working whenever he was physically and mentally capable We could do with some of his endurance and determination ruthless honesty and reasoned hope right now in these our ever darker times Why Gramsci Why now Gramsci over all other left wing theoreticians helps to explain the political defeat of popular forces and the restoration and maintenance of ruling class hegemony especially in advanced democratic complex capitalist societies like our own What changes and what remains effectively the same What is truly significant epochal and what is

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