n a significant way, “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg is the embodiment of his father Joseph — and, by extension, Antonio Gramsci.
Buttigieg Senior was a professor of critical theory and the relationship between culture and politics at Notre Dame University from 1980 until his retirement in 2017. (The man, a smoker who wouldn’t quit, died of lung cancer in 2019.) Academically, Joseph Buttigieg spent his entire professional life editing the journals of Antonio Gramsci. According to a N.D. alumni newsletter, Professor Buttigieg’s work on Gramsci has been spread far and wide, with his work having been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese.
Gramsci needs no introduction. He was a Marxist philosopher and sometime politician. He’s noteworthy for redirecting the Marxist subversion of societies from the economy to instead focus on culture. Gramsci’s premise was that if the Marxists could rot out the culture, society would fall into their laps. In this regard, Gramsci’s […]
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