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Anatomy of the Red Brigades: The Religious Mind-set of by Alessandro Orsini

By Alessandro Orsini

Translated from the Italian by means of Sarah J. Nodes

The crimson Brigades have been a far-left terrorist staff in Italy shaped in 1970 and lively throughout the Eighties. notorious worldwide for a crusade of assassinations, kidnappings, and financial institution robberies meant as a "concentrated strike opposed to the guts of the State," the crimson Brigades' so much infamous crime was once the abduction and homicide of Italy's former top minister Aldo Moro in 1978. within the past due Nineteen Nineties, a brand new workforce of violent anticapitalist terrorists revived the identify crimson Brigades and killed a few professors and govt officers. Like their German opposite numbers within the Baader-Meinhof crew and cutting-edge violent political and spiritual extremists, the crimson Brigades and their activities bring up a number of questions about the motivations, ideologies, and mind-sets of people that dedicate bad acts of violence within the identify of a utopia.

In the 1st English version of a booklet that has gained serious acclaim and significant prizes in Italy, Alessandro Orsini contends that the dominant common sense of the purple Brigades used to be basically eschatological, excited about purifying a corrupt global via violence. simply via innovative terror, Brigadists believed, may possibly humanity be kept from the putrefying results of capitalism and imperialism. via a cautious examine of all present documentation produced by way of the pink Brigades and of all latest scholarship at the crimson Brigades, Orsini reconstructs a worldview that may be as seductive because it is scary. Orsini has devised a micro-sociological idea that permits him to reconstruct the gang dynamics resulting in political murder in extreme-left and neonazi terrorist teams. This "subversive-revolutionary suggestions conception" states that the willingness to mete out and endure loss of life relies, within the final research, on how a ways the terrorist has been included into the progressive sect.

Orsini makes transparent that this political-religious idea of old improvement is relevant to realizing all such self-styled "purifiers of the world." From Thomas Müntzer's theocratic dream to Pol Pot's Cambodian revolution, all of the violent "purifiers" of the area have a transparent target: to construct an ideal society during which there'll not be any sin and sadness and within which no competition could be allowed to disappointed the common concord. Orsini’s e-book reconstructs the origins and evolution of a progressive culture introduced into our personal instances by means of the pink Brigades.

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L. Braghetti, Il prigioniero, 17. Italics added. 47. V. Guagliardo, Di sconfitta in sconfitta, 23. 48. J. Guitton, Il puro e l’impuro, 31. 42 C H A PT E R 2 the surrounding world and toward themselves. The revolutionary fury moves in all directions. The Hatred of Reformists Hatred and disdain toward all reformists was a typical, and obsessive, trait of the Red Brigades’ mentality. What compromise would ever have been possible with that “filthy fascist scum”49 who defend the “monstrous killing machine”50 represented by the state?

16 The brigadist Patrizio Peci’s testimony is very instructive. ” This is Peci on the difference between Red Brigades and fascists: “My benchmark was always fascism as the opposite of communism. Fascism is the arrogance of wanting to impose one’s ideas with force and with violence. You could say, and someone has said it, that the Red Brigades also did this; they wanted to classify the Red Brigades with fascism because both use violence and want to impose, as an elitist group, their ideas on the majority.

Tetlock, “Cognitive Style and Political Belief Systems in the British House of Commons,” 1314–24. Tetlock questioned a random sample of the British House of Commons on their political convictions. It was found that Conservatives and extremist Socialists had the same tendencies toward absolutism and intolerance. 17. P. Peci, Io, l’infame, 45. 18. Class against Class: Class War. , 118. 19 Television, the press, cinema, schools, even kindergartens are tools of social oppression. In a leaflet of the Metropolitan Political Collective, Emancipation of Women?

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