We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Dylanologist noted to me that almost every town in Italy has a Via Gramsci or a Piazza Gramsci. No wonder Italy's politics and economics are so messed up.
Readers know what we think about Gramsci (and his latter-day followers on the Left) from this and this.
Here's two I noticed in Italy a few weeks ago. Gramsci Street in Baveno, next to the train station:
And here's Piazza Gramsci in Verbania, not far from the ferry dock:
If Gramsci is your hero, you are in trouble. He's the guy who invented the notion of incremental socialist fascism, which is the unspoken long-term plan of the American Left, I believe. Stepwise and slowly, so as not to scare people until we finally wake up one day and find our lives boxed in by communitarian goals as determined by elitist masters who "care so much" about us poor schmucks and suckers that they want to run every detail of our pitiful, ignorant lives.
Heck, we're already there -- look at how the permanent government has gone magnitudes beyond precedent to derail the Bush presidency.
Esp the most important & critical agencies, CIA and State Dep't.
Gramsci's essential insight was that violent revolution would almost always lose against the industrial power & consumer appeal of the capitalist systems, so, instead of bullets use words (and art) to create in the public spaces a continual corrosive nastiness in order to demoralize the people until they get the point that the left must either be allowed to run the country or else it will ruin the country, if only by making it unliveable and unworkable. It's the passive-aggressive, rather than the agressive, mode of revolution.
We're there now -- BDS is an artifact of the strategy, and the entire Obama appeal is based on relief from the continual nastiness in the public discourse.
And so it becomes a counter-revolutionary tactic to be robustly optimistic & cheerful about the country's prospects as guided by tradition. Having a hard time doing that, since the main expression is ridicule of the left -- but the left has gone beyond ridicule, and is degenerating so rapidly that it is immune from ordinary constraints such as shame & embarrassment.
For example, the national nutroots are currently here in Austin TX convening, and when Pelosi (the St. Joan of the Colombiano-American mafioso narcotrafficers, leading the psywar against America's allies in the hemisphere) hosted a Q&A yesterday, the topic was -- no, not energy, not Iran, not war & peace, not fiscal or monetary policy -- is she or is she NOT gonna impeach Bush while there's still time. IOW, they are gone -- hopeless -- ruined -- insane -- and here, in numbers, and *voting*.
I believe that in time Gramscians will find their stealth revolution becoming violent, as the rest of us decide to follow their lead and drop the guardrails. Go long tar 'n feathers, about 2012.