Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

It is a frightening idea that envy, resentment, and hate can sometimes have a decisive effect on the course of history. A rational vision of politics, in which the actors’ choices are always based on a cost-benefit calculation, is much more reassuring.1 ...

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Chapter 1. The Pedagogy of Intolerance

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pp. 9-29

The “children of the light” are engaged in a fight to the death against the “children of the shadows.” The outcome of this battle—however steep and painful the road leading to the goal—is already written: society will be cleansed of the “pigs”1 that infest it. After this, communism can finally be constructed and people will no longer suffer hunger and oppression. ...

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Chapter 2. The Sacralization of Politics

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pp. 30-47

One of the typical traits of the Red Brigades’ mentality is the sacralization of politics. The Red Brigades have the task of redeeming people, showing them the way to salvation: “We were the saviors,” says the brigadist Roberto Rosso, “and we wanted to bring people convincing values to judge with.”1 ...

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Chapter 3. Toward the Bloodshed

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pp. 48-92

Discipline is very strict in the Red Brigades. Every moment of the militant’s life is subjected to a serious of rigorous rules. The Red Brigades—explains Valerio Morucci—lead “a hidden life at all times.”1 ...

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Chapter 4. The Genesis of the Red Brigades

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pp. 93-154

To understand the desire to become brigadists, we need a theory for individual motivation. The DRIA model is programmed to meet this need. To understand how a revolutionary sect takes root and becomes successful, a broader theory of social change is required.1 These two problems need different types of information. ...

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Chapter 5. The Masters of the Red Brigades

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pp. 155-207

The Red Brigades’ allegory of a joyful kingdom until the end of time has deep roots. It is a yearning for transcendence with respect to this world that tends to reappear during moments of great collective tension. The times and manner of its appearance can vary, but the story is always the same: ...

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Chapter 6. The Purifiers of the World in Power

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pp. 208-252

The populists taught Lenin that the revolution is first of all an inner journey, focused on sacrifice and discipline. Unlike his predecessors, however, he was successful. He achieved power and set about regenerating humanity. His political actions have enabled the effects of the gnostic recipe to be verified “in the field.” ...

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Not a Conclusion

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pp. 253-262

The [Red Brigadist] is a doomed man. He has no personal interests, no business affairs, no emotions, no attachments, no property, no name. Everything in him is wholly absorbed in the single thought and the single passion for revolution. ...

Appendix: Red Brigades and Black Brigades

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pp. 263-284

A Note on Method

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pp. 285-288

Bibliography

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pp. 289-312

Index of Names

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pp. 313-318