Rete dei Comunisti Roma
“What distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is that the architect builds the cell in his mind before he constructs it in wax”.
Rete dei Comunisti has always given a central role to theoretical research. We want to add, to our analysis of the relationship between objective conditions and subjective capacity of action and transformation of reality, a new instrument to the training – and on the field of the battle – for cultural hegemony, opening a space inside “Casa della Pace” in Rome dedicated to this purpose.
Marx’s opening quote, taken from Das Kapital, is enough to give the right importance to a permanent training centre for a communist organization. Providing militants with a solid structure of thought that allows them to face the challenges imposed by the construction of a coherently revolutionary subjectivity, in a non-revolutionary phase, is certainly a fundamental duty to resist against the temptations of the dominant thought that push to the abandonment of any hypothesis of transformation of the world.
Launching this project today, at the height of the pandemic, has an additional meaning. The virus placed the clash between different economic and social models back at the centre, destroying all the totems that wanted the current system to be the only one possible. The reaction that socialist or planned societies have been able to give to the pandemic crisis has instead shown how a different world is possible, as well as necessary.
It is not only the socio-economic base of advanced capitalist countries that is in crisis, but also the whole superstructure and the values on which the current development model is based. We can see a crisis of adversary’s hegemony, which must become an opportunity for us to develop an ideological and cultural battle
Years of propaganda have aimed to destroy any historical continuity between the last century’s revolutionary experiences and the new generations. The eclecticism, dogmatism and movementism of the “here and now” of a large part of the left, including a part of the communists, have slowly disarmed the militants of a capacity to hold both ideological and cultural, transforming the strength of a thought capable of changing the course of history in a series of empty formulas, good only to transform the ideological struggle in a history mythologizing and in an alienation of communist thought from the historical development of the class movement.
So, we are opening “Accademia Rebelde” with two intentions. The first one is to create a stable training environment, where especially the new generation of communist militants can increase their cultural background and collectively refine their thinking. The second is to equip ourselves with a tool that must intersect with a wider cultural activity, which ideologically fights the enemy and deprives it of increasingly large portions of the new generations and conscious workers.
Therefore, political training and cultural activity can become a fundamental part of Rete dei Comunisti’s whole project
As we said, the priority referents of the work of “Accademia Rebelde” will be the younger generations, students and young precarious workers, which are those who are living and will live the effects of neo-liberal policies and contradictions caused by the capitalist mode of production, and who were born in the moment of maximum expression of “presentism”, ahistorical by definition, caused by the general ideological breakthrough perpetrated by the dominant thought.
But the acceleration and politicization of the conflict that we are seeing make it ever more necessary to have a general level of reflection and political training, even for those conscious workers and social activists engaged in union and social struggles. The decades of backwardness of the labor movement have largely disarmed also the social and union vanguards of categories and ideological and cultural points of reference required not to lose the compass, especially in a particularly complex phase, but potentially extremely interesting as the one we are living.
We start with this project with the intention of being a red line between past and present. To the attempt to demonize the revolutionary experiences that preceded us, we respond with a cycle of historical training on OUR revolutions