For some, the landslide victory of the Labour Party in 1997 held the promise of a reversal of the socio-economic transformation of Britain that had been achieved through nearly eighteen years of Conservative government. But it did not take long for the Blair government to disappoint these hopes. For, in many ways, the three successive Labour Governments under Blair’s continuing authoritarian plebiscitary tutelage have deliberately, persistently, and wilfully driven forward the neo-liberal transformation of Britain rather than halting or reversing it.
Q. Why did you become a Marxist and why do you remain a Marxist? Moreover, how can you justify your version of Marxism as Marxism?
A. This is a very interesting question. I never reflected on this issue and then made the decision from one day to the next. It was not like a religious conversion. You do not wake up one day and say “Oh my God, I’m a Marxist” and then elaborate the reasons.
This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint, English version. The published version can be found here: ‘Althusser, Poulantzas, Buci-Glucksmann: Weiterentwicklung von Gramscis Konzept des integralen Staats’, in S. Buckel and A. Fischer-Lescano, eds, Hegemonie gepanzert mit Zwang. Zivilgesellschaft und Politik im Staats-verständnis Antonio Gramscis, Baden-Baden, Nomos, 43-65, 2007. *** This chapter explores some ways in…