Jo Cox murder: morbid symptoms but the new will be born

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”

From Italian:

“La crisi consiste appunto nel fatto che il vecchio muore e il nuovo non può nascere: in questo interregno si verificano i fenomeni morbosi piú svariati.”


From Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks, c1930.


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Jo Cox murder: morbid symptoms but the new will be born


Gramsci wrote in the Prison Notebooks of the morbid symptoms that appear when the old order is dying but the new one cannot be born.

The murder of Jo Cox MP on Thursday was certainly a morbid symptom. The murderer had long term connections to violent hard core fascist groups something which some of the media rather predictably are trying to ignore. Instead they have emphasised mental health problems (quite possibly inadequately dealt with by an underfunded NHS) but there is no particular or obvious connection between that and murdering an MP.

There is no reason to despair.

Yes Farage, the Tory right and the gutter press have whipped up racism and division in society for their own ends. Farage in particular looks increasingly like someone playing to the fascist gallery.

There isn’t much evidence to be gathered that…

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2 Responses to “Jo Cox murder: morbid symptoms but the new will be born”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    An English translation of that quote from Gramsci appears, oddly, at the start of the Joseph Losey film of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

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