Mario Tronti

Radical America #06.03: Alternative education project, May-June 1972

Constituent articles:

- Introduction
- Theses on mass worker and social capital (Baldi, Guido)
- The struggle against labor (Tronti, Mario)
- Fables for Mr. Lear (Rikki)
- Class forces in the 1970's (Weir, Stan)
- Primary work groups (Guttman, M.)
- Poems (Torgott, Steve)

Introduction to Marx, Labor-power, Working Class

This is the English translation of the introduction to Tronti’s essay Marx, Labour-Power, Working Class (1965), which in turn is forms the theses section of Tronti's book Operai e Capitale (Workers and Capital).

Please note that this translation is based on the French version, and should be superseded by a complete English translation of the original Italian, which we hope will not be delayed any longer. The second-order translation that follows is intended to provide more resources to the English discussion until Workers and Capital[i] finally becomes available.

Marx Yesterday and Today

Panzieri, Tronti, Decari and Negri

Tronti's article Marx Yesterday and Today (1962) from Operai e Capitale

“We cannot stop accepting today the fundamental Marxist affirmations, in the same way that a serious physicist cannot stop being Newtonian, with the difference, among others, that in the camp of sociology there needs to pass numerous generations before an Einstein can emerge.

Our operaismo - Mario Tronti

Mario Tronti looks back at the development of Italian operaismo during the 1950s/60s.

[i]While most political forms and traditions of the European left cross-pollinated freely across national boundaries, the Italian operaismo of the 1960s was largely a sui generis experience in its time.

Operai e Capitale - Mario Tronti

What has been translated of Mario Tronti's 1966 book, Operai e Capitale (Workers and Capital).

Mario Tronti interviewed by Tonini Bucci

Mario Tronti.

An interview with Mario Tronti exploring the ramifications of the demonstrations surrounding the London G20 and other topics.

Even if it is ritualistic, even if it is yet again the hope that there will be movement within social conflicts, there is no circumventing the question, what kind of movement it was that we experienced against the G20 summit in London and against NATO in Strasbourg. Much has already been written and said.

Politics at Work

Translation of an article that appeared in Il Manifesto in 2008.

Politics at Work
by Mario Tronti

On Italian Workerism

This text was published as an afterword to the Italian publication of Steve Wright's book on Italian workerism (Storming Heaven). It was also presented at the Fifth Historical Materialism Annual Conference "Many Marxisms‟ (7–9 November 2008). This translation into English was done by Steve Wright.

On Italian Workerism
by Riccardo Bellofiore & Massimiliano Tomba

Workerism and Politics - Mario Tronti

This is the text of Mario Tronti’s lecture at the 2006 Historical Materialism conference. It provides a brief, evocative synopsis of Tronti’s understanding of the historical experience and contemporary relevance of operaismo, a theoretical and practical attempt, embodied in journals such as Quaderni Rossi and Classe Operaia, to renew Marxist thought and politics in the Italy of the 1960s through a renewed attention to class-antagonism and the changing composition of labour.

First, what is ‘workerism’? It is an experience that tried to unite the thinking and practice of politics, in a determinate domain, that of the modern factory. It looked for a strong subject, the orking class, capable of contesting and putting into crisis the mechanism of capitalist production.

Between Panzieri and Negri: Mario Tronti and the workerism of the 1960s and 1970s

Raniero Panzieri, right.

This is the text of Bellofiore’s lecture at the 2006 Historical Materialism conference. It gives an overview of the Italian marxist tradition known as operaismo and some of its core writers.

Between Panzieri and Negri: Mario Tronti and the workerism of the 1960s and 1970s
by Riccardo Bellofiore