Opium for the People

architecture blog, communism vs. religion

Opium for the People. Photo: RM

The local branch of the Communist party in Venice is located on a streetcorner. In Italy, other than in most European countries,  communism, as well as fascism,  has never been completely marginalized. A glance through the window shows that the function of an office is combined with that of a bar, papered with posters of Che Guevara and the like. Outside, the facade of the appropriate red stucco building, an image of Christ applied with a small altar has been put up. Opium of the people! A subtle harassment of the commies by their Catholic landlord? Continue reading