Pablo Iglesias: Spain on Edge

Interesting interview with Pablo Iglesias: Turning Gramscian analysis into practical policies.

Also read: Understanding Podemos

Putin found

Here he is:

Greeks Bearing Bonds

After the financial crises hit Europe and Greece in particular, many pundits around the world have had fun writing opinion pieces titeled "Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds". Well, we say pssht...

Kitchen Notebooks: A Great and Terrible Climate of Political Debate - Gramsci’s Brief Clinch with Stalin

I recently acquired “A Great & Terrible World”, Derek Boothmans selection of Gramsci’s pre-prison letters (1908-1926), published by Lawrence and Wishart (it seems they are picking up the Gramsci-pace having in recent years been surpassed by Columbia University Press’ publication of Buttigieg’s edition of the complete Prison Notebooks, and the two-volume “Letters from Prison”).

Although this book dumping in my mailbox did disrupt my reading of a collection of franco-belgian bande dessinée’s under the heading “’Tempo’” (these things are rare publications in Norwegian these days), containing both Jean Graton’s ’Michel Vaillant and Charlier and Hubinons ’Barbe-Rouge, I have at the time of writing this not read the whole volume.

It is probably not a book I will read cover to cover anyhow, but rather jump back and forth in according to the subject that most interests me at the time. Anyhow - the matter at hand concerns the last two letters in the volume. And it is perhaps an attempt to partially answer the age-old questions “Was Gramsci a Leninist” and “What is a Leninist, anyway?”

Discussions in this area often center around quotes by Gramsci in this and that setting, and I have seen Gramsci presented as both a Trotskyist and a Stalinist. I have here avoided the difficult “Leninist” term, and I will briefly explain why.

After Stalin won the power-struggle, first with Trotsky, later also with Zinovjev and Kamenjev, he put himself in a position to define what was “Leninist” and what was not in the international communist movement. From before his death Lenin was the Marxist with the decidedly highest ideological authority in current questions where Marx could not be evoked. To counter Stalin, it was therefore necessary also for those opposing him, to present their ideas as Lenin’s. After Stalin’s death, Lenin was still the only authority that could overshadow him, and Lenin was thus used also by later Soviet anti-Stalinists from Khrushchev to Gorbachev.

Når størrelsen er alt

Både i kommunesektoren og i høyere utdanning er det i offentligheten presentert en retorikk som går på at "samme hva som er problemet - løsningen er sammenslåing".

I dag er jeg intervjuet i Klassekampen om regjeringens SAKS-prosess (se faksimile), og debatten om et mulig "stor-NTNU". Jeg forsøker der å påpeke det man kan risikere å miste ved slike reformer - mangfoldet i sektoren som er tilpasset ulike studentgrupper, lokalt arbeidsliv og profesjonsrettet forskning.