Apostles and Agitators: Italy's Marxist Revolutionary by Richard Drake

By Richard Drake

Some of the most debatable questions in Italy this day matters the origins of the political terror that ravaged the rustic from 1969 to 1984, while the crimson Brigades, a Marxist progressive association, intimidated, maimed, and murdered on a large scale. during this well timed research of the ways that an ideology of terror turns into rooted in society, Richard Drake explains the ancient personality of the progressive culture to which such a lot of usual Italians professed allegiance, interpreting its origins and inner tensions, the boys who formed it, and its effect and legacy in Italy. He illuminates the defining figures who grounded the progressive culture, together with Carlo Cafiero, Antonio Labriola, Benito Mussolini, and Antonio Gramsci, and explores the connections among the social failures of Italy, relatively within the south, and the country's highbrow politics; the logo of "anarchist communism" that surfaced; and the position of violence within the ideology. even though coming up from a valid experience of ethical outrage at determined stipulations, the ideology did not locate the political associations and moral values that might finish inequalities created by way of capitalism. In a chilling coda, Drake recounts the new murders of the economists Massimo D'Antona and Marco Biagi via the hot crimson Brigades, whose net justification for the killings is steeped within the Marxist innovative culture. (20040301)

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Everywhere in England capitalism had established a coercive relationship between industrialists and the workers. ”54 Capitalism also worked its black magic abroad. As home markets became saturated by the enormous productivity of the factory system, capitalists sought new ones. It was not a coincidence that the most advanced country in the world, England, also led the way for European imperialism. 55 Everywhere capitalism exerted an irresistible force, always accompanied by the vicious treatment of native peoples.

Marx himself did not draw the conclusion that the workers could passively await final success as a token of history’s benevolence toward them. Economic laws only guaranteed the possibility of victory, but the proletariat itself would have to take the initiative in its own redemption. The Bolshevik triumph in the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the emergence of the Kremlin as the cynosure of world communism notwithstanding, acrimonious disputes over the exact nature of this initiative would keep Marxism a permanently divided movement of denominations, sects, and cults.

The system, as it had evolved from the late fourteenth century to the present, existed for no other reason. Farther than any other country, England had moved into an age of industrial capitalism. The traditional socioeconomic structures of peasant agriculture had almost entirely disappeared in England, and they had been replaced by an order of things that Marx believed eventually would transform the entire world. This new industrializing and urbanizing order inspired awe and envy everywhere, but Marx refused to join the celebration.

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