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How Michael Gove is turning British Muslims into an ‘enemy within’

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Michael Gove, the Conservative politician who last week announced Britain’s new counter-extremism policy, is an admirer of the revolutionary Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci.

One phrase attributed to Gramsci especially entrances Gove. This is his well-known aphorism about the need for a “long march through the institutions”.

Gramsci meant that political victories were not enough. He believed that the left would only effect lasting change by challenging the institutional dominance through which, he maintained, the “bourgeoisie” maintained power in capitalist societies.

Gramsci, who died aged 46 in a Rome clinic after a spell in one of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini’s prisons, called this form of domination “cultural hegemony”.

Gove and his allies on the neoconservative right of the Tory party have adapted this idea – and turned it on its head.

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