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Workerism Beyond Fordism: On the Lineage of Italian Workerism

Workerism Beyond Fordism: On the Lineage of Italian Workerism

The sys­tem of thought that has come to be called “Ital­ian work­erism” is not an organ­ic sys­tem. Nor is it con­tained in any fun­da­men­tal text, any sort of Bible. It is instead com­posed of dif­fer­ent the­o­ret­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions from some mil­i­tant intel­lec­tu­als who found­ed the jour­nals Quaderni Rossi and Classe Opera­ia.

Ferguson: Message from the Grassroots

Ferguson: Message from the Grassroots

There’s a cer­tain lib­er­al opti­mism about race in the Unit­ed States, and last night’s Fer­gu­son grand jury ver­dict unmasked the com­pla­cen­cy that lies under­neath it.

Issue 4: The State

Issue 4: The State

Strate­gic Lega­cies • Polit­i­cal Pos­si­bil­i­ties • Social­ist Con­struc­tion Past and Present • Rethink­ing the Polit­i­cal • Logis­tics of Pow­er • Neolib­er­al­ism and Glob­al­iza­tion • Cit­i­zen and Migrant • Dear Com­rades

Inside Logistics: Organization, Work, Distinctions

Inside Logistics: Organization, Work, Distinctions

Logis­tics can nev­er be under­stood from out­side the ware­house, only by com­ing inside and look­ing at the tech­niques employed, the equip­ment and the orga­ni­za­tion of work does one under­stand if we find our­selves faced with some­thing that belongs to the new econ­o­my, in the real sense of the term, or that resem­bles the sweat­shops of Bangladesh. There is there­fore no orga­ni­za­tion of stan­dard­ized labor with spe­cif­ic fig­ures, because every com­mod­i­ty sec­tor has its speci­fici­ty in indus­tri­al logis­tics, and because in dis­tri­b­u­tion logis­tics, not all goods are sub­ject to the same treat­ment (think only of per­ish­able prod­ucts, the cold chain or dan­ger­ous and tox­ic prod­ucts). Speak­ing in the gener­ic sense of “logis­tics” does not lead us any­where.

Primitive Accumulation and the State-Form: National Debt as an Apparatus of Capture

Primitive Accumulation and the State-Form: National Debt as an Apparatus of Capture

  The moment has come to expose cap­i­tal to the absence of rea­son, for which cap­i­tal pro­vides the fullest devel­op­ment: and this moment comes from cap­i­tal itself, but it is no longer a moment of a “cri­sis” that can be solved in the course of the process. It is a dif­fer­ent kind of moment to which we must give thought.… Read more →

Disrupting Distribution: Subversion, the Social Factory, and the “State” of Supply Chains

Disrupting Distribution: Subversion, the Social Factory, and the “State” of Supply Chains

  The State of Sup­ply Chains We have entered a time of logis­tics space. Con­tem­po­rary cap­i­tal­ism is orga­nized as a dis­persed but coor­di­nat­ed sys­tem, where com­modi­ties are man­u­fac­tured across vast dis­tances, mul­ti­ple nation­al bor­ders, and com­plex social and tech­no­log­i­cal infra­struc­tures. Geopo­lit­i­cal economies that were pre­vi­ous­ly gov­erned large­ly at the nation­al scale – even though as part of a glob­al sys­tem… Read more →

State Violence, State Control: Marxist State Theory and the Critique of Political Economy

State Violence, State Control: Marxist State Theory and the Critique of Political Economy

In the wake of the 2008 finan­cial cri­sis, a num­ber of move­ments arose which in dif­fer­ent ways, opposed the sta­tus quo.1 At the time, many of us in our exu­ber­ance thought these events sig­naled the end – or at least the begin­ning of the end – of cap­i­tal­ism. Yet from Lon­don to Oak­land to Madrid to Athens to Cairo, each… Read more →

Materials for a Revolutionary Theory of the State

Materials for a Revolutionary Theory of the State

“I believe that the sta­tus of the state in cur­rent think­ing on the Left is very prob­lem­at­ic,” Stu­art Hall wrote in 1984, in the midst of Mar­garet Thatcher’s war on the “ene­my with­in.” He reflect­ed on the lega­cy of the post­war peri­od, which saw the exten­sion of pub­lic ser­vices with­in the con­text of a vast expan­sion of the state’s inter­ven­tion in social life.

The Critique of Politics

The Critique of Politics

Pol­i­tics, and in par­tic­u­lar demo­c­ra­t­ic pol­i­tics, is often viewed with­in polit­i­cal the­o­ry as the area in which human beings come togeth­er in order to make col­lec­tive deci­sions and to become capa­ble of col­lec­tive action. From this per­spec­tive pol­i­tics is seen – in dis­tinc­tion to the econ­o­my, with its pow­er and its inher­ent neces­si­ties – as the sphere of auton­o­my and free­dom. In oppo­si­tion to this per­spec­tive, Marx put for­ward the view that pol­i­tics is itself het­eronomous and has its share of social unfree­dom.