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VedicViking
Saturday, February 11th, 2012, 04:55 PM
Very impressed by what I read about the Casa Pound movement from Italy the other day. Anyone know much about them? Could they serve as a model for the future of nationalist movements?

From here:

In the House of Pound (http://www.alternativeright.com/main/the-magazine/in-the-house-of-pound/)

What are main policies and objectives of CasaPound, both short-term and long-term?

CPI works on everything that concerns the life of our nation: from sport to solidarity, culture and of course politics. For sports, we have a soccer teams and academy, we do hockey, rugby, skydiving, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, scuba diving, hiking groups, caving, climbing. For solidarity, we have first aid teams, we do fundraising activities for the Karen people, and we provide help to orphans and single-mums. A phone line called "Dillo to CasaPound" (tell it to CasaPound) is active 24/7 to give free advises on legal and tax issues. On the cultural ground, we host authors and organize book presentations; we have an artist club, a theater school, free guitar, bass guitar and drum lessons, we created an artistic trend called Turbodinamismo, we have a publishing company, dozens of bookshops and websites. Politically we propose various laws like the Mutuo sociale (social mortgage), Tempo di essere Madri (Time to be a mother) or against water privatization and so many more. Speaking about CPI is never easy because all these things are CASAPOUND. All of these represent our challenges and projects for now and the millennium.

My impression of CasaPound is that it is very much a grass roots organization that operates successfully in the "arena of street politics," with marches, parades and events that build identity and community, rather than through conventional elections. In Anglo countries right-wing street politics backfired in the past, allowing the mainstream media to paint very negative images of the National Front in the 1970s and the BNP later. Because of this the BNP now avoids the street as a political arena. Your group's success suggests that the street is a much more acceptable political arena for the right in Italy. Why do you think this is? What are the differences that make this possible?

First of all, England was never a fascist state. This creates a big cultural difference. Also, as I said before CPI works on dozens of projects and with various methods: from conferences to demonstrations, distribution of information, posters. The important thing is to generate counter information and to occupy the territory. It is fundamental to create a web of supporters other than focusing on elections. For election, you are in competition with heavily financed groups and with only one or two persons elected, you can't change anything. Politics for us is a community. It is a challenge, it is an affirmation. For us, politics is to try to be better every day. That is why we say that if we don't see you, it is because you are not there. That is why we are in the streets, on computers, in bookshops, in schools, in universities, in gymnasium, at the top of mountains or in the newsstands. That is why we are in culture, social work and sport. That is a constant work.

:thumbup

For more info in English you can read the following. Be warned though; the article in question is written by communists/anarchists:

Casa Pound and the New Radical Right in Italy (http://libcom.org/library/casa-pound-new-radical-right-italy)

Berrocscir
Friday, February 17th, 2012, 06:25 PM
I think grassroots, broadbased initiatives are the way to go in the long term. Electioneering offers some opportunity for widespread propaganda, but nationalist parties only have a few weeks to grab the public's attention. As for getting nationalists elected in any great numbers to an already corrupt political system - this is a non-starter.

National rebirth requires the building of a whole new alternative nationalist movement with the aim of creating a whole new nationalist lifestyle and subculture: things like nationalist social centres, housing and workers co-ops, employment schemes, nationalist businesses, self-suffiency classes, social clubs with training and leisure activities, holidays, sports clubs and sporting events (nationalist football teams?!) Ultimately a national social and economic secession.

Incidentally in the middle of the last century in the UK the Trade Unions and Communists got quite good at this sort of thing.

VedicViking
Saturday, February 25th, 2012, 11:32 PM
You’re not wrong there.

The way I see it, politics has three man elements: the political, cultural and social. (The latter two being subsumed under the broader category of meta-politics.)

British culture being very literal-minded, its nationalist movements have tended to focus almost entirely on the first element – parliamentary politics.

We desperately need to broaden our understanding of what politics consists of. I’m always amazed (and more than a little bit envious) when I hear about nationalism on the continent. The movements in France, Italy and Germany have sought to influence their respective cultures at the highest level with the European New Right. You can’t help but be impressed by the community-building of Italian groups like Casa Pound or Forza Nuova either. Or what about the various student groups in central Europe with nationalist leanings?

Mööv
Sunday, February 26th, 2012, 02:42 AM
A change in strategy is definitely needed all over Europe and I`m glad that someone is going in that direction :thumbup

Berrocscir
Friday, March 2nd, 2012, 06:52 PM
Interview in English with Gianluca Iannone of CasaPound is on an Irish site, so word is spreading.