Against the egotism of the Left

“Before, they all wanted to be the ploughmen of history, to play the active part. Nobody wished to be the ‘manure’ of history. But is it possible to plough without first manuring the land? So ploughmen and ‘manure’ are both necessary. In the abstract, they all admitted it. But in practice? Manure for manure, as well draw back, return to the shadows, into obscurity. Now something has changed, since there are those who adapt themselves ‘philosophically’ to being ‘manure,’ who know this is what they must be and adapt themselves.” – Antonio Gramsci

So true.

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