Following ‘year one’ of the Russian Revolution, Antonio Gramsci wrote a piece for the newspaper Il Grido del Popolo  in which he argued that ‘just as a poem exists in the fantasy of the poet before it reaches the printed paper, the advent of social organisation exists in consciousness and will . . . What is demanded is the external, printed paper’. Here, in the crucible of revolutionary processes stretching across Europe, there was a striving towards a realisation and recognition of new organisational and political forms to achieve social transformation. The ‘Modern Prince’, as a qualitatively new form of political party, would become the epithet in the Prison Notebooks given by Gramsci to the revolutionary agent that would transform principles into practice, or consciousness and will into social organisation. A new pamphlet edited by Martin Thomas on Antonio Gramsci: Working-Class Revolutionary and published by Workers’ Liberty raises these questions of political organisation and more. It is well worth reading given the significance of the questions raised and it will go straight onto the reading list of my third-year ‘Gramsci & Global Politics’ module.