This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to tell the story of a pathos that became a political movement and kept an entire country under siege for almost twenty years, leading it to the brink of civil war. The story of the Red Brigades and their homicidal fury is the story of a sociopsychological process that strips the victim of humanity. This process is called the “pedagogy of intolerance.” The book attempts to see the world through the eyes of professional revolutionaries. It reconstructs the Red Brigades' mental universe, which “sees politics as indivisible from the use of force” and is based on the “denial of reality.” Renato Curcio, Alberto Franceschini, Margherita Cagol, Mario Moretti, Mario Galesi, and Nadia Desdemona Lioce, to cite just some of the more famous names, are all part of a shared history: the history of revolutionary gnosticism and of the pedagogy of intolerance—the educational process that turns the rebel into a professional revolutionary.
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