From an Interview with Gianluca Iannone
Robert Steuckers circulated me today with his Euro-Synergies URL to a short interview for Alternative Right with Gianluca Iannone of the Italian culturist organisation CasaPound. The interviewer is the Tokyo-based Colin Liddell. The two longest and most interesting answers given by Iannone are repeated here.
Founded in 2003, CasaPound is doing successfully what some in British nationalism consider to be essential at this time of nationalist disintegration. Iannone explains:
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 privatisation 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.
Obviously, Casapound Italia is a formula specific to the current evolution of race-loyal, anti-liberal politics in Italy. It demonstrates, however, that in principle there are viable alternatives to party politics. For his part, Iannone evidently regards politics as a wrong turn.
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.
All that said, there is a caveat. At best, Culturism is utilitarian. It is not a revolutionary programme but a smoothing of the way for serious anti-liberal, anti-globalist activism. It necessarily operates within the existing terms of public discourse. It has no spine of its own. It has to reach out. It has to look and sound like its constituency. Therefore, those who make their contribution through it must guard assiduously against accommodationism and the resultant loss of racial focus.
In a massively propagandised macro-environment like ours, Culturism only makes sense if there is a separate but complementary effort to redefine - and racialise - the terms of debate. Then it has something to feed off, something to propagandise in return.