Blog post about the idea that planning and capitalism are different things.
I remember a lot of talk in the air growing up about The Market and how it would take care of things if we just trust it. This vision is in part a political claim about the actions of the state and other actors, that the market will just take care of things if only people would stop messing around politically trying to control economic activity.
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
In his introduction in Aut Aut, Dario Lanzardo says that these 'could be' entitled 'Theses On The Party' but the authors never referred to them that way.
"Panzieri-Tronti Theses" (1962)
1. Deviation between the logic of _Capital_ and analysis of the factory
Enchantment of method and a blockage of research. The terrain of study and of experimentation (hypothesis): no formula can resolve the problem.
1.1. Verification is given by/in struggle
- struggle as anticipation
- hypothesis as provocation (knowledge).
Socialist uses of workers’ inquiry*
The best way to shed light on the question of the ‘political aims of inquiry’ is to go back to a debate in Marxism.
Surplus value and planning: notes on the reading of 'Capital'
The Capitalist Use of Machinery: Marx Versus the Objectivists'