Critical understanding of self takes place therefore through a struggle of political ‘hegemonies’ of opposing directions, first in the ethical field and then in that of politics, in order to arrive at the creation and elaboration of a higher and superior level of one’s own conception of reality. …

The consciousness of being a part of a determinate hegemonic force (that is to say, political consciousness) is the first stage toward a further and progressive self-consciousness in which theory and practice will finally unite.

Antonio Gramsci, taken from Hegemony & Power: On the Relation between Gramsci and Machiavelli by Benedetto Fontana p32.

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