Antonio Gramsci: The Role of Intellectuals

Antonio Gramsci was an early 20th century Italian Marxist philosopher and writer.  Imprisoned, he wrote much of his work from the jail cell (Prison Notebooks).  His theory of the intellectual and of cultural hegemony are among his two most notable ideas.  Cutting through all the Gramscian verboseness, we’ll examine Gramsci’s understanding of the intellectual and … Continue reading Antonio Gramsci: The Role of Intellectuals

Hegel’s Master-Slave Dialectic

This will be one of the shorter explanations of an arguably dense philosophical topic in Hegel’s thought, but one that – while having sweeping implications in understanding action theory and history, and also how to understand our relationships today in political, social, and individualistic levels – is not too difficult to follow although some might … Continue reading Hegel’s Master-Slave Dialectic

The Decline and Fall of the Internationalist Left

Edward Gibbon, in his masterful The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, rhetorically retorted that “Instead of inquiring why the Roman empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long.”  Should one approach the rise, influence, and fall of the Anti-Stalinist Left (or after the Cold … Continue reading The Decline and Fall of the Internationalist Left