Antonio Gramsci: An Introduction to His Thought by A. Pozzolini, Anne F. Showstack

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My attitudes . . did not emerge out of thin air but always derived from the worry about what Amadeo would have done if I had become an oppositionist. He would have withdrawn, this would have caused a crisis, and he would never have resigned him­ self to come to a compromise . Chiarini's attempt, which I have dis­ cussed elsewhere, showed that if I had opposed him, the International would have supported me. , which exploited every bit of dissent amongst us in order to destroy us ? Today the situation hasn't changed so far as my attitudes to Amadeo 's position are concerned .

I consider it necessary for him to be transferred to a civilian hospita'l or a clinic, if it isn't possible to grant him conditional liberty') . The declaration of Professor Arcange1i reached the columns of L'Humanite and of other newspapers. European public opinion sud­ denly woke up. In Paris, on the initiative of Romain Rolland and of Henri Barbusse and orhers, a committee was forme q for the liberation . of Gramsci and other anti-fascists, while numerous articles about Gramsci appeared in various anti-fascist newspapers .

Often these articles asswned an even more personal tone. 'The correspondent of Avanti! onary groups cried, "Sellout" to comrade Gramsci. . If the correspondent of Avanti! had attended the assembly he would have seen the following sight with his own eyes: the unity of those present, among whom were numerous anarchists. The assembly unanimously (but for two, three or perhaps four votes) approved the point of view sustained by comrade Gramsci. It seems that one person, and one person only, cried "S ellout".

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