Gramsci’s New Year

“I hate New Year’s Eve. I want each morning to be a New Year’s Eve for me”.

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This writes the Italian philosopher and founder of the Italian Communist Party Antonio Gramsci in a short article in 1916.

Some of us are still digesting the abundant meals offered by our consumerist system and by the subconscious will to keep up appearances and traditions and all of a sudden we are already confronted with the arrival of 2015.

Dividing time is a fictitious convention, we should be aware of it. It’s a handy way of categorizing, but we shouldn’t be seduced by expectations, good proposals, hopes and wishes to be activated, somehow satisfied, from January the 1st. Every day is a new start, the beginning of a new eve. No need to wait for New Year’s Eve. This is the good news. Forget about traditions, tacit assumptions and unarticulated presuppositions.

In the spirit of Gramsci we can build socialism every day. This is the meaning we can give to every new morning when we wake up.

So now it comes: what is socialism today? In the times of Gramsci it meant, among other things, dignity for the workers, for the proletarians and for humanity. It meant emancipation and dealing with class inequality. It meant a new society. Today it still means pretty much the same. Today we have to speak of communism as the search of a (lost) community, absolutely not virtual, of individuals tired of individualism, tired of being put in cages. Community is a place where solidarity is a normal way of living: not only to help who is in need, but also to create the circumstances for people not to be in need any more, at least materially speaking. But for going there we need to give up economical and mental neoliberalism. We need a strong view of what’s behind if we want to move further to Gramsci’s New Year.

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