Sunday, 8 March 2015


Revolutionary theory

Antonio Gramsci is quoted in English translation as writing –
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.
...or perhaps –
The old world is dying away, and the new world struggles to come forth: now is the time of monsters.
There are various paraphrases too.
I suspect that the above two English quotations may be no more than different translations of the same original Italian. If I knew where to find this original I should have a crack at a fresh translation of my own but the sentiment is clear anyway.
It means that if one lives in a time of transition to a new historical stage (i.e. in an historical crisis) then expect the old ways of doing things to be a hindrance to doing things in a valid new way, while in the meantime some very strange things will be created out of the confusion.
Conductive Education in my view is in historical crisis. Ways of doing that had been established in Hungary and in the subsequent process of internationalisation are proving hard to maintain, for all sorts of reasons, while relevant, newer shoots struggle for attention and acceptance. Meanwhile some very strange ideas and practices may appear and confuse the issue...

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