UK arrested Tommy Robinson for reporting child-rape gangs that the government caters to. The UK banned reporting of his arrest, denied him a lawyer, and is trying to have him assassinated in prison. Regardless of how you feel about his views, this is a totalitarian government.
Tommy Robinson isn't the first to that the UK has jailed after a secret trial. Melanie Shaw tried to expose child abuse in a Nottinghamshire kids home -- it wasn't foreigners doing the molesting, but many members of the UK's parliament. The government kidnapped her child and permanently took it away. Police from 3 forces have treated her like a terrorist and themselves broken the law. Police even constantly come by to rob her phone and money. She was tried in a case so secret the court staff had no knowledge of it. Her lawyer, like Tommy's, wasn't present. She has been held for over 2 years in Peterborough Prison. read, read
January 22, 1891|
Ales, Sardinia, Italy
April 27, 1937 (aged 46)|
|Politics, Ideology, Culture|
|Hegemony, Organic Intellectual, War of Position|
Antonio Gramsci☭ (1891 - 1937) was a communist ideologue, subversive, chief theoretician and Secretary of the Italian Communist Party, born in Sardinia, Italy. Some pro-European forces under the banner of the New Right have reconquered Gramsci's theories on hegemony for healthy ends; Patriotic Gramscianism.
Gramsci was born in Ales, on the island of Sardinia. He was the fourth of seven sons of Francesco Gramsci, a low-level official. The boy suffered from health problems: a malformation of the spine owing to a childhood accident left him hunch-backed and underdeveloped, while he was also plagued by various internal disorders throughout his life. A brilliant student, in 1911 Gramsci won a scholarship that allowed him to study at the University of Turin. On January 21, 1921, in the town of Livorno, the Communist Party of Italy (Partito Comunista d'Italia - PCI) was founded. Gramsci supported against Bordiga the Arditi del Popolo, a militant anti-fascist group which struggled against the Blackshirts. In 1922 Gramsci travelled to Russia where, he met Julia Schucht, a young violinist whom Gramsci later married and by whom he had two sons.
The Russian mission coincided with the rise of Fascism in Italy, and Gramsci returned with instructions to foster a united front of leftist parties against fascism. Such a front would ideally have had the PCI at its centre, as a tool controlled by Moscow. In late 1922 and early 1923, Mussolini's government embarked on a campaign of repression against the opposition parties, arresting most of the PCI.
In 1924 Gramsci was elected as a deputy for the Veneto. He started organizing the launch of the official newspaper of the party, called L'Unità (Unity), living in Rome while his family stayed in Moscow.
At its Lyons Congress in January 1926, Gramsci's theses calling for a united front to restore democracy to Italy were adopted by the party. In 1926 Stalin's maneuvers inside the Bolshevik party moved Gramsci to write a letter to the Comintern, in which he deplored opposition led by Trotsky. It led to bad feelings.
On November 9, 1926 the Fascist government enacted a new wave of emergency laws, using the pretext of an alleged attempt on Mussolini's life that had occurred several days earlier. There are similarities to the Reichstag Fire, which Hitler used to take over Germany and the 9/11 attack which Bush used to pass the PATRIOT Act and other measures. The fascist police arrested Gramsci, despite his parliamentary immunity, and took him to Regina Coeli, a Roman prison. He received sentence of 5 years in confinement on the remote island of Ustica; the following year he received a sentence of 20 years of prison in Turi, near Bari). His health worsened and he died in Rome at the age of 46.
His thinking was about how societies hold together. He wrote about cultural hegemony which seems to mean that the people of a nation hang together because they believe in their families and nation. Marx was more interested in class loyalty; the view that the proletariat or workers were opposed by the managers, the owners, the bourgeois and vice versa. It is all explained in some 3000 pages of history and analysis known as the Prison Notebooks. He wanted the working class to develop its own set of values which meant not bourgeois and not Christian. This has led his followers to infiltrate the media, education, government, churches, law and the whole of the Long March Through The Institutions. Perhaps his approach can be contrasted with that of Marx; infiltration from the top down rather than revolution from the bottom. "Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains." sounded good, but did not work. It was quixotic.
Wikipedia has articles which flow on from Gramsci's approach. They include:-
- Historical materialism
- Dialectical materialism
- Analytical Marxism
- Marxist autonomism
- Marxist feminism
- Marxist humanism
- Marxist geography- Follow the link and decide just how much sense it makes.
- Structural Marxism
- Western Marxism
- Libertarian Marxism
They might be thought to shed light and lead to a better world. Then again, they might not.
- Gramsci's Legacy
- Gramsci's Grand Plan
- Gramsci versus Tocqueville or Marxism versus the American Ideology Alexis de Tocqueville was a French traveller who admired the America of the Nineteenth Century for its freedom.
- Thoughtcrime and The Secret Policeman A Case Study in Discourse Theory by Sean Gabb
- Wikipedia on Antonio Gramsci