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Revitalisation of capitalism in economic replacing productivity in the hands of producers rather than bureaucracy and speculation and moral terms creating a cementing ideology internal to the factory.
Gramsci on the question offers valuable insights in what will later be the object of sociological research under the name of Taylorisation.
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. But here he tends to contradict himself.
South Africa Keep Left. His is a productivist philosophy, and a mechanistic vision of human physiology.
This is contra both Bucharin and mechanism and reformist evolutionism. The key is to view the unity of technical development and the ruling class interests as a transitory historical phase of industrial development.
Fordism’s decline has been exaggerated by theorists of post-industrial capitalism. Americanidm View From Steeltown. There are parts of the analysis, concerning the regulation of the sexual instinct, which seem odd out of context, or perhaps even passe.
In fact, Ford himself was very gamsci on preventing his fordiam from being influenced by the growing sensualisation of culture, and eager to advance Prohibition and moral rectitude, which was one of the reasons for his attempt to build a little enclave of Fordist America in Brazil, known as Fordlandia.
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.
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Institute for Conjunctural Research. Lenin approved of it in as long as the rationalist-objectivism was separated from the capitalist motive. Gramsci perceived Fordism as a relatively progressive tendency away from individualism and competition, toward planning and cooperation.
There are other difficulties too. 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. This is the only way to ensure their widespread acceptance and thus their efficacy.
LENIN’S TOMB: Gramsci on Americanism and Fordism
In Europe, the still acuminous weapons of the old order – the appeal to craft rights, for instance – could be wielded against industrialism. It is neopuritanism that gdamsci to counterbalance the tendencies to waste. But, though it would seem to have only conjunctural relevance, dealing with America’s move toward a planned economy during the Great Depression, several aspects of the analysis are of enduring significance, not least because of the methodology they imply.
In part, this was necessary because the corporatist trend operated in a situation of mass unemployment. These parasites, depending on ‘rents’ and ‘pensions’ made available to them because of the continued existence of feudal forms and cultural norms no family member of a canon could be associated with manual labour, for exampleprovided the basis for the reactionary form of resistance to ‘Americanisation’.
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. In light of some of his earlier writings, for example on socialist education, it’s fair to say that Gramsci had a small-c socially conservative aspect to his outlook, which conflicted with his small-l liberalism, and undermined his critique of the bourgeois state and the Catholic church.
And because of the persistence of old social forms preserved by Fascism, the tendency gramsfi be for corporatism in the form of coordination between monopoly capital and the state to simply shore up the crumbling unproductive elements rather than eliminiate them. The US had benefited from a rationalisation of its demographic composition, the prolonged psycho-physical adaptation of masses of people to urban living, so that it was possible to introduce Fordism without provoking moral, romantic opposition from significant sectors of the population.
Fordism required a certain type of structure, a certain type of basically liberal state, and the elimination of the old rentiers. There’s also no explicit approach to the issue americansm racism, antisemitism and anticommunism in the production of Fordist paternalism.
He argued first that Fordism was possible to implement in the US chiefly inasmuch as the US lacked the “vast army of parasites”, that is classes with firdism economic function, the unproductive landed gentry, clerics and middle classes, who still predominated in parts of Europe. Keeping the Rabble in Line [archives]. Manufacturing and industrial capitalism retains a centrality to global production, even as its spatial dimensions and amerivanism have been radically altered.
Using Gramsci’s conceptual syntax, we could begin to theorise how its different aspects – wages tordism debt, cultural and spatial homogenisation with specific regional configurationssexual morality, gender and race, commodification, productive and distributive ‘anarchy’, etc.
Yramsci rejects its application on socialism in so far as it separates the executive from znd 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.
Americanism and Fordism
He is sympathetic to feminism in one instance, resistant to sexual moralising. But under fascism, the rentiers were being protected and proliferated, and more and more machinery was being elaborated to protect the old order. Amercianism does it represent? Gramsci’s argument, though, is 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 bramsci terrain of the state.
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.
Advocates of the latter charged that cities were sterile and unproductive: It thus depended on certain protections for the employed to sustain conditions that would collapse if there were free competition.
Petri anarchic ordinovista approved of it in For 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.
The basis of Gramsci’s analysis was that Fordism represented potentially a new industrial-productive historical bloc. Capital no longer circulates in the hands of producers and managers. To this view he opposes that of the collective worker. However, in Italy, workers were not in a position to either oppose it or take control of it.
Taylor is against workers solidarity and pushes for individual economic remuneration to be the primary motive of workers’ activity.