Wu Ming on Style

“Style is a martial art: the European working class knew it well in its own time. Show the bosses that – with a little inventiveness and with little cost – you can be more elegant and dignified than them. Photographs of First of May demonstrations or of Togliatti’s funerals show proud looks and attitudes, perfectly ironed – even if a little worn out – suits, impeccably tied ties around well-starched collars; the women wear foulards with complex knots and their home-sewn dresses have a perfect cut. What stands out is the care for details, the love for cleanliness by those who have to sweat and get dirty every day. The message is more or less the following: ‘Bosses, what you behold are not animals or primitives, and the same care we take to prove it, we’ll use it to fight against you’.”



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