Some American and European comrades have asked me, Why didn’t you have an Occupy movement in Italy? Why is the NO TAV movement the only expression of social struggle? The NO TAV, despite their strong success, despite their original expression of post-modernity class war, lack the characteristics of the Occupy movements: an extension of social change, the power to remove old hierarchies, and, above all, a shared and “common” political dynamic open to radical political upheavals.
But here’s another paradox: what sense does this question have now? The Occupy movements seem already dead.
This brief postface, written in 2009, comes from the English translation of a collection published as "Crisis in the Global Economy; Financial Markets, Social Struggles and New Political Scenarios", edited by Andrea Fumagalli and Sandro Mezzadra, translated by Jason Francis McGimpsey, in 2010.
First published in English in "Revolution Retrieved" by Red Notes in 1988. This text, a joint statement by the "April 7th" trial accused, as translated by Ed Emery, was originally published in il Manifesto in 1983.
[h2]Do You Remember Revolution?[h2]
A Proposal for an Interpretation of the Italian Movement in the 1970s
by Toni Negri and Others
Documentary about the life and ideas of Italian Marxist Antonio Negri. With interesting footage and information from Italy in the 1960s-70s it follows his development from the 'Operaisti' through to his trial for supposed involvement in the Red Brigades all the way up to Empire and the anti-globalisation movement.
DSG's exposal of liberal journalist Johann Hari's plagiarism, which eventually became a scandal and led to his downfall as a respected journalist.
As an amusing aside from our usual ruthless criticism of everything existing, here’s a little insight into the workings of the mainstream media. We’ve long found this piece of super-liberal journalism rather lulzy- it’s an attempted take-down of Italian communist and every ultra-leftist’s favourite “psychopath”, Toni Negri, by Orwell Prize winner Johann Hari from The Independent in 2004.
David Harvey in an exchange with Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri on their new book Commonwealth featured in the November 2009 issue of artforum.
There have been two foundational themes in Antonio Negri’s work over the years. The first is an abiding faith in the capacities of the working class or the multitude (redefined as “the party of the poor” and therefore, according to Spinoza, the only “true subject of democracy”) to use their immanent powers of laboring to construct an alternative to the world given by capital.