From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "There will be a proletarian culture (a civilisation) totally different from the bourgeois one and in this field too class distinctions will be shattered. Bourgeois careerism will be shattered and there will be a poetry, a novel, a theatre, a moral code, a language, a painting and a music peculiar to proletarian civilisation, the flower and ornament of proletarian social organisation. What remains to be done? Nothing other than to destroy the present form of civilisation. In this field ‘to destroy’… means to destroy spiritual hierarchies, prejudices, idols and ossified traditions. It means not to be afraid of innovations and audacities, not to be afraid of monsters, not to believe that the world will collapse if a worker makes a grammatical mistake, if a poem limps, if a picture resembles a hoarding." --(Antonio Gramsci, ‘Marinetti the Revolutionary’, L’Ordine Nuovo, 1921)
The proletariat (from Latin proles, offspring) is a term used to identify a lower social class; a member of such a class is proletarian. Originally it was identified as those people who had no wealth other than their sons; the term was initially used in a derogatory sense, until Karl Marx used it as a sociological term to refer to the working class.