Andrew Anastasi

is a member of the editorial collective of Viewpoint and a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center.

The Young Mario Tronti

The Young Mario Tronti

The rela­tion­ship between Anto­nio Gram­sci and operais­mo, if occa­sion­al­ly men­tioned, is rarely expli­cat­ed. And if trans­la­tions of Tronti’s 1960s writ­ings have appeared in frag­ments, his pri­or for­ma­tion has remained almost entire­ly obscured. These texts pro­vide the read­er with not only some of the ideas per­co­lat­ing in the mind of the young Tron­ti, but also a win­dow into the pre­his­to­ry of work­erism: the tumul­tuous debates with­in the Ital­ian left of the 1950s over the mean­ings of Marx­ism.

A Living Unity in the Marxist: Introduction to Tronti’s Early Writings

A Living Unity in the Marxist: Introduction to Tronti’s Early Writings

Ulti­mate­ly the young Tron­ti deter­mines that what is need­ed now is a Marx­ism as far from phi­los­o­phy of prax­is as from dialec­ti­cal mate­ri­al­ism, nei­ther a sub­jec­tivist vol­un­tarism nor an objec­tivist fatal­ism, nei­ther a pure­ly tech­ni­cal method­ol­o­gy of knowl­edge and human action nor a total­iz­ing meta­physic, but a Marx­ism that is rig­or­ous but not dog­mat­ic, his­tor­i­cal yet not his­tori­cist, polit­i­cal as well as the­o­ret­i­cal.