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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 Sacralization of Politics

The Sacralization of Politics

Chapter 2 The Sacralization of Politics
Anatomy of the Red Brigades

Alessandro Orsini

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses one of the typical traits of the Red Brigades' mentality, the sacralization of politics. The Red Brigades have the task of redeeming people, showing them the way to salvation. Like all self-respecting saviors, they are the guardians of an absolute truth that contains the “formula” for eliminating every form of human suffering. This formula consists of the destruction of the present world through revolutionary violence, which means that the future of humanity depends on politics. The Red Brigades practice a “new” politics that aspires to a metapolitical aim: the perfect society. Human conduct is meaningful only in the service of the revolution. Someone who does not espouse the Marxist ideal is not even a person.

Keywords:   Red Brigades, revolutionaries, politics, sacralization, revolutionary violence, Marxism, perfect society

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