SOLIDARITY WITH CASAPOUND!
CasaPound has been a great inspiration to Open Revolt and New Resistance. With the recent wave of media lies about CasaPound we thought it only right to share this interview from 2010 to dispel disinformation about their Movement’s activities and purpose.
SOLIDARITY WITH CASAPOUND ITALIA!
When and how was CasaPound born?
Officially, CasaPound was born on december 26th, 2003 with the occupation
of a building Via Napoleone III in Rome. This occupation was performed by a
group of visionary heretics linked together by the same vision of the
world. In 2008, on the day of the solstice, CasaPound Italia was born. It’s
a web, throughout Italy, of bookstores, gyms, pubs, men and women not
easily understood in a world of blinkered thinking.
What inspired the creation of CasaPound?
For the challenges that come from struggle, the weight of experiences, the
fascination of adventure, the priority given to social justice. All of this
inspired the birth and rise of our community.
Why did you choose the name « Casa Pound » ?
We chose it to honour the memory of a great American, Ezra Pound, who was a
poet, an economist, an artist and a fascist.
Are you linked to other organizations?
No, we don’t have political links with any right wing organization in
Italy. We have friendly and respectful relations with many European groups.
CasaPound is known for various social actions. Can you explain it to our
CasaPound is based around four principles: culture, solidarity, sport and
(obviously) politics. These four domains can be seen as social actions in
one way or another.
CPI organize book presentations, plays, concerts, debates about movies and
has a monthly publication (Occidentale).
CPI fight against the crooks in our nation regardless of their political
stance. For example: We are with the workers of ALITALIA who simultaneously
filled fountains all around Italy with bottles containing the message “ SOS
wreckage”. We also organized actions in hundreds of FIAT stores in order
to bring light to the deceptive conduct of FIAT towards its workers. We
filled Rome with dummies holding signs denouncing the high cost of living,
rent, the power of banks and construction mafia. CPI interrupted TV shows
that wanted to incriminate us in the events that happened Piazza Navona two
years ago. CPI demonstrated a mock assassination of Santa Claus outside the
CPI created low cost sporting clubs which help us in our fight against
drugs and cheap cultural models. We have a soccer team in Lecce, a hockey
team in Bolzano, and a rugby school/team in Rome which was born out of the
occupation of Casa d’Italia Colleverde. In Rome we also have a water-polo
team which after only two years will start in the B league. A few months
ago, we also started a boxing club. Istinto Rapace was created in order to
promote parachuting at an affordable price. We also give scuba diving
lessons with our club “Diavoli di mare”. Our motorcycle club “Scudere
7punto1” also organizes social activities. On top of this, we have a
mountain excursion club called “Muvra” which teach caving and
All of these initiatives demonstrate that we are a group, we live, we do
sport, we fight and we are active also the during crises, such as the
earthquake in l’Aquila. This experience led to the creation of disaster and
emergency services within CPI. Their first official task was to help people
in the north of Italy after the flooding.
Is it important for a nationalist also to have an ecological and social
A nationalist that would not be interested in ecology and social causes
would be an imitation.
What are the reactions of the left wing and the system toward your
After years, we have garnered a lot of sympathy outside of our movement but
the powers that be and their guardians consider CPI as something dangerous.
This can only please us…
You managed to create a form of living counter-culture (I am personally a
big fan of Zetazeroalfa). In Scandinavia we are still working on this. Do
you have any suggestions to give us?
We think that we have to renew the language, symbolism, esthetics… if we
can’t communicate with “the others” it is not always their fault.
We try to communicate in a radical mode and renew our dream. We want to
launch it and give it a new spin. It could be through music or art.
You also created a student organization, “Blocco Studentesco”, it is
something we would like to start in Scandinavia. Do you have any
suggestions you could give to our readers?
The “Blocco” currently has great success within schools and in
universities. It comes after the work I mentioned earlier. We reformulated
our fight under the rule of the three E’s: Ethic, Epic, Esthetic.
In what ways is Casapound different from a political party?
Political parties are ruled by mediocrity. Their aim is to conquer seats.
They suffer from a modern illness called democracy and, in its final stage,
they suffer form the syndrome of being accepted… CPI is a group of
individuals that don’t ask what to say or to do. The political parties are
stuck in bureaucracy. CPI is agile. The parties are dead and want to
please. CPI is liked because it’s alive… and doesn’t care.
What are your future objectives?
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