Autonomism – “Many Flowers Little Fruit”

A response to the comments and criticisms of our article “Autonomism – Cutting the Ground from under Marxism”.

Transnational radicals: labour dissent and political activism in Detroit and Turin (1950–1970) - Nicola Pizzolato

Investigates the entangled histories of radical auto-workers in Detroit and Turin who challenged capital, the state and the unions, and instead emphasized the importance of autonomous workers' struggle at the point of production for the destruction of capitalism. The article looks at the relations between black auto-workers of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement/League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the auto-workers, and workerist [operaismo] current in Italy.

Challenging global capitalism: labor migration, radical struggle, and urban change in Detroit and Turin - Nicola Pizzolato

Book by Nicola Pizzolato on workers' struggles in Detroit and Turin, both sites of significant political and social upheaval. This comparative and transnational study examines the political and theoretical developments that emerged in these two "motor cities" among activist workers and political militants during these decades, and the connections that developed between workers in Detroit and Turin.

Autonomism: cutting the ground from under Marxism

The building of a new mode of production which is based on the self-activity of all people cannot be delegated to any body – not even a working class party. It is only through the mass organs of working class life that a new society can be built. Communism cannot be brought in by decree but is the living product of a mass collective consciousness struggling towards new forms of social organisation.

Communism: some thoughts on the concept and practice

Transcript of a presentation by Antonio Negri

Italy 1980-81: After Marx, jail! The attempted destruction of a communist movement - Red Notes

A person in mime makeup, black and white

Red Notes' pamphlet charting the repression of Italy's 1970s extraparliamentary communist movement, when thousands of radical workers and intellectuals were swept into the country's jails.

Memories of a Metropolitan Indian

A former Metropolitan Indian (member of a situationist-influenced group in Italy) recounts some experiences with the group during the "Years of Lead": the violent late-1970s.

In the Social Factory?: Immaterial Labour, Precariousness and Cultural Work

This academic article is concerned with precariousness and cultural work. It aim is to bring into dialogue three bodies of ideas – the work of the autonomous Marxist ‘Italian laboratory’; activist writings about precariousness and precarity; and the emerging empirical scholarship concerned with the distinctive features of cultural work, at a moment when artists, designers and (new) media workers have taken centre stage as a supposed ‘creative class’ of model entrepreneurs

Man as machine


As mainstream discourse again shifts towards a discussion of automation, @Aut_Omnia examines its mechanics, human cost and utopian potential.