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With a brand new creation by means of Sylvère Lotringer, "In the Shadow of the crimson Brigades" lots of the writers who contributed to the problem have been locked up on the time in Italian jails.... i used to be attempting to draw the eye of the yankee Left, which nonetheless believed in Eurocommunism, to the destiny of Autonomia. The survival of the final politically artistic move within the West was once at stake, yet not anyone within the usa appeared to detect that, or be prepared to pay attention. prepare as occasions in Italy have been unfolding, the Autonomia issue—which has no an identical in Italy, or wherever for that matter—arrived too overdue, however it continues to be an energizing account of a circulation that disappeared with out bearing a hint, yet with an enormous destiny nonetheless sooner than it. —Sylvère Lotringer Semiotext(e) is reissuing in ebook shape its mythical journal factor Autonomia: Post-Political Politics, initially released in ny in 1980. Edited by way of Sylvère Lotringer and Christian Marazzi with the direct participation of the most leaders and theorists of the Autonomist circulation (including Antonio Negri, Mario Tronti, Franco Piperno, Oreste Scalzone, Paolo Virno, Sergio Bologna, and Franco Berardi), this quantity is the one first-hand rfile and contemporaneous research that exists of the main leading edge post-'68 radical stream within the West. The circulate itself was once damaged whilst Autonomia participants have been falsely accused of (and prosecuted for) being the highbrow masterminds of the pink Brigades; yet even after the top of Autonomia, this publication continues to be a very important testimony of how this artistic, futuristic, neo-anarchistic, postideological, and nonrepresentative political flow of younger employees and intellectuals expected concerns which are now confronting us within the wake of Empire. within the subsequent years, Semiotext(e) will post 8 books by way of such Italian "Post-Fordist" intellectuals as Antonio Negri, Christian Marazzi, Paolo Virno, and Bifo, as they replace the theories of Autonomia for the hot century.

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Michael Kalecki is the leading light In this movement (see Joan Robinson in New York Review of Books, March 4, 1976 - and in particular George R. Felweel, The Intel/ectual Capital of M. Kaiecki, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1915). But this theory also falls short. Crisis-State theory Is, after all, a reformist theory. It faces up to the emerging productivity of the mass worker, and tries to construct an "economy of oligopolies" - on two fronts: on the One hand the capitalist entrepreneur oHgopo. Iy, and on the other hand the working class-trade union oligopoly in the factory {M.

On a logic that i~ as empty as it is separate. Once again a p;emise which, to us, IS fundamental - Ie the separateness of the cycles of capital and Its State· form from the cycle of working class self-valorization - is verified. But at this point a whole series of problems fe-emerge. In particular, if we want to identify not ,so much the center, as the specific content of capitalist restructuration. This temble void and Indifference, this terribly weak and the same time ferocious freedom of capital - how is it determined today?

The method of social transformatlon that derives'from the self-valorising separateness of the proletariat has nothing In common with the homologies of rationalist or historicist progressivism. Proletarian self-valorisation is the power to withdraW from exchange value and the abHity to reappropriate the world of use values. The homologies of progressivism relate to exchange value. The rupture and recognition of the class's own independent productive force, removes any possibillty of a resolutive dialectic.

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