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The principles of scientific managementF. But under fascism, the rentiers were being protected and proliferated, and more and more machinery was americcanism elaborated to protect the old order. Against the Fordist dreams of super-cities, complex, grandiose fantasies of future capitalist development, there was ruralism, the exaltation of artisanal life, idyllic patriarchalism, Catholicism, simplicity and sobriety.
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.
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.
That is to say, he worries that people will express formal adherence to sumptuary and sexual norms, but will not live them, or will consistently violate them.
LENIN’S TOMB: Gramsci on Americanism and Fordism
This is contra both Bucharin and mechanism and reformist evolutionism. Advocates of the latter charged that cities were sterile and unproductive: This presented itself as one of the major problems in outlining new forms of critique as well as political action which require a deeper understanding of the roots of the hegemonic achievements of the ruling class. The question was whether the working class itself would be able to take over this trend. The key is to view the unity of technical development and the ruling class interests as a transitory historical phase of industrial development.
He also blames its downfall on the upper classes, whom he says is the only social group with sufficient money and leisure time to pursue drinking and free love. Through The Scary Door. Le Colonel Chabert [see archives ]. Taylorisation aims at re-rationalising capitalist production and eliminating political and financial speculativism.
Using Gramsci’s conceptual syntax, we could begin to theorise how its different aspects – wages and debt, cultural and spatial homogenisation with specific regional configurationssexual morality, gender and race, commodification, productive and distributive ‘anarchy’, etc. The scientific organisation of production equals a scientific organisation of society.
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. There are other difficulties too. There are parts of the analysis, concerning the regulation of the sexual instinct, which seem odd out of context, or perhaps even passe.
Lenin approved of it in as long as the rationalist-objectivism was separated from the capitalist forfism. Passive revolution or internal counter-discourse?
Americanism and Fordism
Institute for Conjunctural Research. Since the shift from capital labour conflicts towards a sort of image of social solidarity, surplus-value production ceased tordism be put under question and became the starting point for the resolution of power conflicts within productive relations. Gramsci sees Fordism as the capitalist response to a,ericanism objective development of the productive forces.
In Europe, the still acuminous weapons of the old order – the appeal to craft rights, for instance – could be wielded against industrialism. The basis of Gramsci’s analysis was that Fordism represented potentially a new industrial-productive historical bloc.
There’s also no explicit approach to the issue of racism, antisemitism and anticommunism in the production of Fordist paternalism. He rejects its application on socialism in so far as it separates the executive from the management, the particular consciousness of single tasks of the executors from the general consciousness of the sense, meaning towards which each task tends of the co-ordinator, rationaliser, manager.
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. Manufacturing and industrial capitalism retains a centrality to global production, even as its spatial dimensions and distribution have been radically altered.
This is the only way to ensure their widespread acceptance and thus their efficacy.
In part, this was necessary because the corporatist trend operated in a situation of mass unemployment. General, Your Tank is a Powerful Vehicle. In the US, because commerce, trade and transport were ‘subaltern’ rather than primary forms of economic activity – because, in effect, the entire life of the country was being organised around industrial production – hegemony could begin in the factory, and didn’t require much political or amercianism mediation.
What does it represent? Once the organic crisis of capitalism is taken for granted, then the preoccupation is to translate the objective structural possibilities at the level of subjectivity through a conscious acquisition, and then to make these possibilities actual and objective through ad organisation.
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.