An obitatury for Italian Marxist, Romano Alquati, who passed away in April of 2010 at the age of 75.
“Look, you went to the wrong floor” Romano Alquati would answer at the beginning of the 1990s to a leftist student who wanted to write a dissertation on (factory) workers. If you want to write a dissertation on (factory) workers you should go to the second floor, to “ Archeology.” Like the “rude pagan race” [Tronti’s description of the mass worker], Alquati had no gods and refused myths.
The Network of Struggles in Italy
**This summary omits the detailed discussion of Italy, concentrating on the concepts deployed. The order of composition has not been re-arranged.[Html editor's note: this summary of Alquati was prepared by a member of the Orford Road Group in England in the early 1970s for those unable to read the original Italian. The Group was at that time in the midst of studying and interrelating both the class struggle in England and recent theoretical developments in Italian Marxism. The formatting below follows the orginal as closely as the html editor allows.]