Saturday, 7 April 2012

In the end Lenin lost, but Gramsci won


Frederick the Great: “If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.”

Perhaps that is the problem today, that the intellectuals are the unacknowledged legislators rather than practical men with empirical ideas and small visions. The intellectuals, the chattering and scribbling classes consciously or unconsciously subscribe to the ideology of liberalism, statism, equal opportunities and relativism, to a project which began with the Frankfurt School of Marxists but has since been taken up by liberals and social democrats too. My friend Charles Gibson put it thus: In the end Lenin lost, but Gramsci won. 

Gramsci will win I fear in Eastern Europe too, imposed by the will of Brussels and by clever Romanians, often educated abroad, who want to modernise their societies and emulate the developed world.

I wonder if Frederick the Great were alive today if he would punish provinces by assigning management consultants to rule them. Better than philosophers at any rate.

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