Gramsci on “Intellectualistic” Language

Gramsci circa 1922

While imprisoned under the fascist Italian regime of Mussolini, Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) wrote:

It is necessary to avoid posing the problem in “intellectualistic” rather than historico-political terms.  Naturally it is not disputed that intellectual “clairvoyance” of the terms of the struggle is indispensable.  But this clairvoyance is a political value only in as much as it becomes disseminated passion, and in as much as it is the premiss for a strong will. (Gramsci, 113)

Source

Gramsci, Antonio.  Selections from the Prison Notebooks.  Eds. and trans. Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith.  New York: International Publishers, 2008.

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