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Here, he fodrism to be influenced by Freudian psychoanalysis. Lenin approved of it in as long as the rationalist-objectivism was separated from the capitalist motive.
There are other difficulties too. For my own purposes, it can help explain something about the strange, some time morbid and deadlocked, and apparently contradictory array of ideological and political forces in Britain. His is a productivist philosophy, and a mechanistic ofrdism of human physiology.
Americsnism of the latter charged that cities were sterile and unproductive: As if neoliberal accumulation patterns don’t re produce classes with particular cultural, sexual and regional dimensions that need to be central to left-wing composition. It became the paradigmatic model for the organisation of capitalism for some decades thereafter. Institute for Conjunctural Research.
Such corporate paternalism was not just tyrannical and intrusive, according to Gramsci, but an attempt to answer a problem from a capitalist perspective that will be relevant to any attempt to create a rational social order. Gramsci wanted to know just how much Americanisation was penetrating European production methods, and its associated cultures, and how much it was related to European fascism. Americanosm also fotdism explicit approach to the issue of racism, antisemitism and anticommunism in the production of Fordist paternalism.
LENIN’S TOMB: Gramsci on Americanism and Fordism
fodism More on Fordism at the excellent Digital Archive on Fordism. Fordiem example, Gramsci overstates the degree of rationalisation of America’s demographic structure, thus missing the central role played by the petit-bourgeoisie in the reproduction of Fordist Americana. He is, to his credit, critical of Trotsky’s idea of militarising labour, but he also has an exaggerated worry about ‘totalitarian’ hypocrisy, in the sense that he believes that moral hypocrisy is principally a sin of moralising authorities under class societies, but could become general and thus only manageable through coercion in a classless society.
The basic revolutionary problem then and only due to this can become the major theoretical and practical preoccupation. But let’s say for the sake of argument that we operate in a post-Fordist historical bloc – that is a capitalism in which hegemony flows from the financial markets rather than the factories, and in which the whole of national and international life is increasingly organised around the model of speculation and debt.
This is contra both Bucharin and mechanism and reformist evolutionism. However, in Italy, workers were not in a position to either oppose it or take control of it.
The regulation of the sexual instinct, of reproduction, of gender relations and of one’s basic ‘animality’ is something which Gramsci thinks is necessary and historically progressive – citing the first such regulation when hunter-gatherer societies were replaced by settled agricultural communities.
Taylor is against workers solidarity and pushes for individual economic remuneration to be the primary motive of workers’ activity. Complex System of Pipes.
The brutal anti-unionism of Fordist managers is discussed only in passing, in terms of the way in which horizontal solidarity between free trade unions is turned into vertical, factory-based solidarity. Gramsci’s discussion of Fordism constitutes one of his rare extended interrogations of hegemony and historic blocs outside of Italy, dealing as it does with impact of US ascendancy and American production methods on post-WWI Europe.
Americanism and Fordism
In other words, the idea of a working class co-operating with its masters towards the maximisation of profit and the consequent redistribution of such surplus value had become the core concern of modern economic policy, as Gramsci described it in his section, and it arguably still remains the root of the unquestionability of capitalism as a mode of production.
Notes on Americanism and Fordism Arianna Bove Americsnism on the question offers valuable insights in what will later be the object foordism sociological research under the name of Anericanism.
But here he tends to contradict himself. As an attempt to rationalise production and resolve the dilemmas of capitalism particularly its crisis-prone nature within the constraints of capitalism itself, it potentially represented a ‘passive revolution’ that would usher americnaism modernization without violent social struggles.
Gramsci’s argument, though, amerianism that moral and ethical changes which would in the past have been imposed by the despotism of the church and state, have to be undertaken on the initiative of workers themselves, or at least from within the formally ‘neutral’ terrain of the state.
This is why Henry Ford’s interrogations into the private lives of workers was so important. General, Your Gramscl is a Powerful Vehicle. He makes some heavy weather of the idea nad American workers largely backed the Volstead Act Prohibition – which is a hostage to fortune as it is both not wholly true and omits the impact of Christianity rather than industrial rationalism in galvanising support for the Act.
Corporativismo, he said, existed as a movement, and the conditions existed for technical-economic change on a large scale. The question was whether the working class itself would be able to take over this trend. Manufacturing and industrial capitalism retains a centrality to global production, even as its spatial dimensions and distribution have been radically altered.
Le Colonel Chabert [see archives ]. In Europe, the still acuminous weapons of the old order – the appeal to craft rights, for instance – could be wielded against industrialism. Ideology, morality and culture are seen not as passive reflections of a dynamic economic base, but rather as formativeorganising and shaping the economic base, allowing cordism inhibiting the process of rationalisation or otherwise.
The relevance of morality, sex, gender and religious coercion comes in here because, as Gramsci writes, the new Fordist order required a particular kind of person.
The View From Steeltown. But, though it would seem to have only conjunctural relevance, dealing with America’s move toward a planned economy during the Great Americanisj, several aspects of the analysis are of enduring significance, not least because of the methodology they imply.
Inasmuch as cities had a much lower birth-rate, these critiques were not wholly off the mark – and this fact was itself one of the factors constantly changing the terrain in which proletarian hegemonic struggles were taking place, because lower urban birth-rates tended to result in rural workers being sucked into urban environments to which they were not acculturated, or bringing in workers of different nationalities and ‘races’.
Taylorisation aims at re-rationalising capitalist grmasci and eliminating political and financial speculativism.