Last week the Italian precariat took a step beyond primitive
rebellion and began to constitute itself as a politics. As its arguments take
shape those involved must work to engage with communities outside of
the activist world.
Earlier this summer activists in Rome won the right to self-manage a vast lake in the city’s capital, effectively expropriating a private company from prime real estate. From marches and public debates to concerts and open dinners their campaign is an inspiring example of a rebel city at work.
There is politics in any kind of collective cultural
gathering, which is why attempts to repress youth and/or working-class culture
continue to rain down from those with power, to those without it – just as they
always have done, just as they did at Peterloo.