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Single Idea 20936

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 2. Leaders / a. Autocracy]

Full Idea

Caesarism (as the emergence of a 'heroic' personality) expresses a situation in which the forces in conflict balance each other in a catastrophic manner ...which can only terminate in their reciprocal destruction.

Gist of Idea

Caesarism emerges when two forces in society are paralysed in conflict


Antonio Gramsci (Selections from Prison Notebooks [1971], 2 'Caesarism')

Book Reference

Gramsci,Antonio: 'Selections from Prison Notebooks', ed/tr. Hoare,Q./Nowell Smith,G [Lawrence and Wishart 1978], p.219

A Reaction

He goes on to distinguish progressive and reactionary versions of Caesarism. Gramsci's interest is in the circumstances that throw up such people. Marx had identified 'Bonapartism'.