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Neoliberalism and Hegemony in the New Millennium

Telos press blog , par Omer Moussaly

Of Power and Princes

During the sixteenth century, in his famous work The Prince, Machiavelli was already writing about the possibility of a hegemonic and civic form of political power. He described it as a type of principality where consensus was more important than brute force : "we now come to the case where a citizen becomes a prince not through crime or intolerable violence, but by the favour of his fellow-citizens, which may be called a civic principality" [1]. This text was one source of inspiration for the twentieth-century communist thinker Antonio Gramsci, who wrote about the possibility of creating a "Modern Prince." This "Modern Prince" would take the form of a renewed and hegemonic communist party capable of waging a war of position against bourgeois hegemony.

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[1Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince and The Discourses (New York : Random House, 1950), p. 35.


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