[Marxism] Gramsci cocktails, anyone?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jun 12 16:55:42 MDT 2014

 From the July 2014 Harpers:

 From an online petition submitted in April to Piero Fassino, the mayor 
of Turin, requesting that he persuade the Spanish multinational NH 
Hotels not to name its new four-star location in the city after Antonio 
Gramsci, a Marxist theoretician and co-founder of the Communist Party of 
Italy. The hotel is located in the palazzo in which Gramsci lived 
between 1919 and 1921. Translated from the Italian by Anthony Lydgate.


We can do nothing to prevent the march of progress from making a hotel 
out of what ought to be a place of collective memory. But we can speak 
out when a name — Antonio Gramsci — falls prey to the banality of 
marketing and is stripped of all meaning, like Napoleon-branded cognac. 
We cannot allow his intense, boyish eyes and generous head of hair to 
become the stylized lines of a logo on a pamphlet. We cannot allow his 
name to plunge from the heights of proud leftist debate to the depths of 
chatter about hydromassage and minibars common among those who frequent 
luxury hotels. Nothing justifies such commercialization, least of all a 
“library of complete works” and a few culturally themed cocktails.

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