By Jack Parsifal for Patriotic Alternative
I quite enjoy the looks of confusion (even mild suspicion) when I tell other nationalists that one of my biggest ideological influences is, in fact, a Marxist. Antonio Gramsci briefly led the Italian Communist Party before his imprisonment under Mussolini’s rule, and before his death in prison, he wrote extensively about history, economics, and most importantly, how to conduct a ‘passive revolution’ to gain power in society.
Gramsci noted that, in the previous century, two main political forces existed in Italy: The Moderates, who were royalist Right, and the Action party, who were democratic Left. The Right’s control over society was so strong that the king often joked that he had the Action party in his pocket. Gramsci recognised that this control came from the Right’s cultural hegemony, they were in total control of culture, and so, no true opposition could be mounted against them. The Right had developed an intellectual class who influenced all social, cultural and political norms.
“The formation of this class involved the gradual but continuous absorption, achieved by methods which varied in their effectiveness, of the active elements produced by allied groups – and even of those which came from antagonistic groups and seemed irreconcilably hostile.”
Upon reading this, I instantly thought about the people who think they are waging a ‘culture war’ by proving that the left are the real racists. They have essentially been captured by Anti-White ideology, and although they may want to fight against them, they feel they cannot do so from outside their enemy’s worldview, they are forced to work within the established social norms. This is due to the Anti-White cultural hegemony.
“What is measured is precisely the effectiveness, and the expansive and persuasive capacity, of the opinions of a few individuals, the active minorities, the elites, the avant guards etc.”
There is a common misconception that voting is the measure of the collective will of the people, in fact, it is the will of attitude-shapers in media, politics and society at large.
What Can Be Done?
“No social formation disappears as long as the productive forces which have developed within it still find room for further forward movement; that a society does not set itself tasks for whose solution the necessary conditions have not already been incubated, etc.”
It should be understood by now that an electoral victory will be unsuccessful so long as the anti-White cultural hegemony exists. Culture at large must be prepared for our ascension to power, or all effort will be in vain.
Rodin’s The Thinker
“Previously germinated ideologies become “party”, come into confrontation and conflict, until only one of them, or at least a single combination of them, tends to prevail, to gain the upper hand, to propagate itself throughout society – bringing about not only a unison of economic and political aims, but also intellectual and moral unity.”
In order to do this, we need to develop our own counter hegemony. Every political group has different factions, PA is no exception to this – I have met nationalists, libertarians, traditionalists and so on. What is required is the development of an intellectual block who promote agreed-upon ideas of the group at large, not merely their personal ideology. It is only when we are all pushing in the one direction that we will move society at large. By achieving a certain level of unity within the group, we will then apply the same process to achieve unity in society.
“The new Prince could not in the modern epoch be an individual hero, but only the political party.”
The Prince here is in reference to a prophesy by Machiavelli of a figure who would rise to power and whose will would represent the true will of the people. In Gramsci’s view, a charismatic person cannot achieve this anymore, only an organised political party can become the Modern Prince. Is it possible for PA to become the Modern Prince? That relies on supporters using their skills to move culture – you can read more about how I believe we can achieve a cultural hegemony here.