Commentary from Franco “Bifo” Berardi
What is happening in Rome and in many other Italian cities, what happened in London only few days ago, marks the beginning of the decade. It’s going to be a decade of conflict and self-defense of society, against a ruling class that is violent and corrupt, against financial capitalism that is literally starving the social sphere, against mafia that is using power to embezzle social resources.
In Rome, on December 14th a Parliament of corrupts celebrates the Godfather‘s victory. In London, on December 9th, a Parliament of liars has ordained the destruction of public education.
The multitude of students, researchers and workers who gathered in Rome in the day of the scandalous vote that anointed the corrupter, did not have the purpose of pulling down a government of mafiosi and of installing a government of exploiters. The purpose of the movement is to destroy power in its very foundations, to bring conflict in every place, to destabilize the order of exploitation and of ignorance, to organize autonomy, to gain.
Now we know that in the black hole of the Italian Parliament sits a majority of corrupts. The Godfather who sits as Premier has bought them with the money that he is has taken away from the school, from the workers, from society as a whole. We’ll not respect the law of the mafia. Everywhere we’ll bring revolt, and we’ll organize the desire of autonomy of life from capitalism.
Students in Rome have answered to the violence in the same vein of the Londoners some days before: occupying the city, defending with cultural shields the right to speak out, and declaring that European insurrection has begun, and will last all the time necessary.
It will last.
It’s not a brief explosion, it is the rising up of a generation, it is the declaration of autonomy of collective intelligence from the decay of a violent, ignorant, lugubrious system. It’s the change of cultural climate announcing a decade of fight and construction of a world free from exploitation.