The long march through the institutions


The long march through the institutions(German:der lange Marsch durch die Institutionen) is a slogan coined byCommuniststudent activistRudi Dutschkearound 1967to describe his strategy for establishing the conditions for revolution: subverting society by infiltrating institutions such as the professions. The phrase “long march” is a reference to the prolonged struggle of theChinese communists, which included a physicalLong Marchof their army across China.

The main influence on Dutschke’s thinking is commonly thought to be the work of Italian communistAntonio Gramsciwho, while imprisoned byMussolini, wrote aboutcultural hegemonyand the need for a “war of position” to establish the conditions for a revolutionary “war of maneuver.”Degroot also identifiesErnst Blochas a major influence.Bloch met Dutschke atBad Bollin 1968 and admired his integrity and determination, qualities that he had written about in ‘The Principle…

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