chapter  3
Myth, Religion, and the Intellectuals
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Throughout his reections on “the question of religion or worldview,” Gramsci stressed the quasi-religious role played by political parties in the intellectual and moral life of the modern world.

One should stress the importance and signicance which, in the modern world, political parties have in the elaboration and diusion of conceptions of the world, because essentially what they do is to work out the ethics and the politics corresponding to these conceptions and act as it were as their historical “laboratory.” … For this reason one can say that the parties are the elaborators of new integral and totalitarian intelligentsias and the crucibles where the unication of theory and practice, understood as a real historical process, takes place.