Autonomist Marxism

What is the “social strike”?MatthewWed, 08/03/2017 - 11:02

Recent strikes by “gig economy” workers (e.g. Deliveroo) are profoundly significant. They explode the myth, peddled by some on both left and right, that so-called precarious workers can’t organise, and that the proliferation of those types of work is in the process of rendering labour organising historically redundant.

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Two critiques: "Empire" and "new imperialism"

Submitted by martin on 12 January, 2008 - 9:22 Author: Martin Thomas

Download this article (pdf). It discusses the issues round “globalisation” by way of two critiques, of Negri-Hardt and of the “new imperialism” theory of John Rees, Alex Callinicos and other writers associated with the British SWP.

Both accounts have a theological taste to them. But where Negri’s and Hardt’s is enthusiastic, mystical theology, Callinicos’s is the theology of the worldly-wise, “moderate” prelate of a modern established church.

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An interview with Beverly Silver

Submitted by AWL on 21 September, 2005 - 10:04

An interview with Beverly Silver about her book Forces Of Labor, which we studied in the Brisbane Workers' Liberty study group of 2005, and which we will be studying at the AWL day schools in London and Sheffield on 1 October 2005.

Beverly J Silver came to Germany in early June 2005 to present her book "Forces of Labor". This is an interview for the German magazine Analyse + Kritik.

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Trotskyism, workerism and autonomism in Italy

Submitted by martin on 11 January, 2004 - 9:47 Author: Martin Thomas


Submitted by martin on Sun, 13/01/2008 - 11:58

Things have since moved on, with Rifondazione's turn to the right to support Romano Prodi. Both Franco Grisolia's current and the ex-GCR are now outside Rifondazione. Click here for an update; and here. for what the ex-GCR now say.

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Autonomist Marxism: three themes, three critiques

Submitted by martin on 27 December, 2003 - 12:52 Author: Martin Thomas

A critical survey of "autonomist" Marxism, from its origins in Italian "operaismo" in the 1960s through to the writings today of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt.

Other material on this site:

Review of Negri and Hardt's "Empire"

Autonomism, workerism, and Trotskyism in Italy;

Review of Steve Wright's book on the history of autonomism in the 1960s and 70s.

On other sites:

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Storming heaven: class composition and struggle in Italian autonomist Marxism

Submitted by on 26 December, 2003 - 12:00 Author: Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas reviews Storming Heaven: class composition and struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism, by Steve Wright. Pluto Press.


Submitted by guenter on Tue, 26/10/2010 - 00:33

negri´s book "multitude" was very much beside the point and sooo much overrated- there was an real good, exceptional article bout negri from callinicos (SWP) in 2001, in "international socialism" no 92 (on the net).

this website here has hundreds of articles, that i wonder, that the most interesting group of the italian far left -beside the trotykytes- was never mentioned here anywhere. iam talking about "il manifesto" (a daily newspaper by this name has survived the group since long)around the brainy, 86 y old woman rossana rossanda. she wrote a number of remarkable books, which sell well in italy.i dont know, what of this is available in england.
although this group started in 1969 as being "soft maoist" in some points, they had at the same time been anti-stalinist, and in many other points rather did come close to trotskyte positions. i think, after a few years they realised, that it was nonsense to try an "anti-authority"interpretation of the chinese cultural revolution.
since the 90ies, they are more centrist in their positions, and the once sharp language of rossana rossanda got a bit more vaguely, but some of their earlier stuff is still worth to read it, especially her first book "the dialectics between continuity and break" (sorry, i re-translate from german, it will not be the exactly title!)where she gives an overlook over different marx-isms and various "socialist" countries. rossanda did also tend to the theory of state-capitalism. since her time in PCI she knows to say interesting things about the inside-life of some stalinist parties. in 1977, she and il manifesto organised an huge international congress in italy bout the stalinist countries with the title "claiming the future back" (if i translated right!). so far.

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Forum on "autonomist Marxism"

Submitted by martin on 3 December, 2003 - 11:06

Wednesday 17 December, 7.30pm. Marx, Negri and working-class autonomy: a discussion of "autonomist" Marxism and its relevance in the new anti-capitalist movements of today. London AWL forum with Massimo De Angelis and Martin Thomas. Also sponsored by London Social Forum.

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