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Anatomy of the Red BrigadesThe Religious Mind-set of Modern Terrorists$
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Alessandro Orsini

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449864

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449864.001.0001

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The Pedagogy of Intolerance

The Pedagogy of Intolerance

Chapter 1 The Pedagogy of Intolerance
Anatomy of the Red Brigades

Alessandro Orsini

Cornell University Press

This chapter explains the ideology of the Red Brigades. The Red Brigades conceived revolutionary action as a mission and not as a simple profession to be performed and paid for. Their first task is to learn to think differently from the “common” person, to embrace a new vision of the world in order to grasp what others cannot see. True brigadists cannot and must not tolerate opinions other than theirs. Those who oppose the revolution are “pigs” who must be killed or disabled for the rest of their lives. To kill for the revolution is the noblest of gestures, a demonstration of love to humanity awaiting redemption. The Red Brigades reject the values of the society in which they live. Their aspiration for a better world clashes with a reality that appears impossible to change through reforms and good intentions. For them, violence is a compulsory route.

Keywords:   Red Brigades, revolutionaries, revolutionary action, action, violence

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