Revolutionary Apocalypse: Ideological Roots of Terrorism (Praeger Security International)

Revolutionary Apocalypse: Ideological Roots of Terrorism (Praeger Security International)

Luciano Pellicani

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0275981452

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Emerging from the cultural catastrophe produced by the traumatic advance of modernity, the professional revolutionary is one disenchanted with the world. Incapable of accepting reality, he/she is convinced that he/she has a scientific knowledge that resolves the puzzle of history and will result in the creation of a paradise on Earth. Pellicani details the history of the birth of revolutionarism as a new form of Gnosticism through a study of the theory, the organization, and the practice of the Leninist party and their project to purify society by permanent terrorism. He analyzes the causes behind the collapse of the totalitarian system built by the Bolsheviks, and he provides new insights into understanding the recent revival of the nihilistic anarchism of the Black Blocks in Europe and their violent attacks against globalization and modern civilization.

As Pellicani describes, the goal of the professional revolutionary is the evangelical community, based on concepts of equality and universal brotherhood. To reach the desired goal, the revolutionary sees only one road-a war of annihilation against the capitalists who are responsible for the corruption of humanity. This is the source of the panthoclastic passion of the Gnostic revolution: the whole world must be destroyed to arrive at the New World, the Kingdom of God without God, Paradise on Earth.

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rule and the execution of his plan” (G.W.F. Hegel, Lezioni sulla filosofia della storia, Florence: La Nuova Italia, 1966), vol. 1, p. 65. 30. Hegel’s definition of dialectical science is as follows: “Mind, which, when thus developed, knows itself to be mind, is science” (Phenomenology of Mind, 2nd ed., transl. by J. B. Baille [London: Allen & Unwin, 1949]). 31. “The finite disappears in the infinite, and what is, is only the infinite” (G.W.F. Hegel, The Science of Logic, vol. 1). 32. G.W.F. Hegel,

revival of currency, of trade, of private enterprise, and profit—of course, under the rigid control of the ideological power of the State-Party. In this way it was possible to increase the production of food and therefore overcome the famine generated by the blind doctrinarianism of the Bolsheviks.87 The Russian economy acquired the features of a mixed system with two separate spheres: a state sphere of huge proportions, regulated by the principles of central planning, and an extensive private

“permanent negative” of society, a concentration of moral energy, aesthetically dedicated to the destruction of the civilization that generated him. Now, if the policy of alienated intellectuals in the last five centuries, let us say from Thomas Mu¨ntzer on (it is no coincidence that Engels and Ernst Bloch considered him to be the first martyr of the communist revolution) was effectively a gnostic policy and the gnostic policy, the policy of alienated intellectuals, before analyzing the internal

before. They drove their daring to utmost folly, did not hesitate before anything new, suffered no scruples, showed no hesitation before any design. Nor should it be thought that these new beings were the creation of one ephemeral summer, destined to disappear immediately. They generated a species that perpetuated itself and spread in all civilised regions of the world. Wherever, they retained the same expression, the same passions, the same nature. We find that species in the works when we are

savior-saved, the gnosis of Mani offered a therapy for alienation. Its “project for a fantastic overturning of the real world”37 pointed to the prospect of an immediate renovatio mundi, which is why the gnosticManichean heresy, which the Catholic Church believed it had defeated, reappeared in a transfigured form in many heretical movements.38 The Patarine, Cathar, Flagellant, Lollard, Taborite, and Anabaptists movements all contained gnostic-Manichean elements.39 They all challenged the political

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