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By Antonio Negri

Four males in a mobilephone in Rebibbia criminal, Rome, waiting for trial on critical fees of subversion. one in all them, the political philosopher Antonio Negri, spends his days writing. between his writings are twenty letters addressed to a tender good friend in France letters within which Negri displays on his personal own improvement as a thinker, theorist and political activist and analyses the occasions, actions and activities within which he has been concerned. The letters recount an existential trip that hyperlinks a rigorous philosophical schooling with a strong political ardour, set opposed to the old backdrop of postwar Italy. Crucially, Negri recollects the pivotal second in 1978 while the previous best minister of Italy, Aldo Moro, was once abducted and killed by means of the pink Brigades, and the way the associations then pinned that killing onto him and his associates.

Published the following for the 1st time, those letters supply a distinct and useful perception into the criteria that formed the considering the most influential political theorists of our time and so they record Negri’s position within the improvement of political pursuits like Autonomia. they seem to be a shiny testimony to at least one man’s trip throughout the political upheavals and highbrow traditions of the overdue twentieth century, during which he produced a physique of labor that has had, and keeps to have, a profound effect on radical inspiration and politics round the world.

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And in addition of the enjoyment of listening. (A nice ­musician ­86 Letter Seven: July 1960 deaf? this isn't a paradox – or, whether it is, it's been concretely solved. Rational and moral inflexibility can mysteriously – yet no much less ­effectually – sign up for including physique and love. How I want that this could even be attainable in writing! ) see you later for now, David. I ship you a kiss, with the disappointment of those stories and of those foggy days – and with affection, as ever . . . Letter 8 Piazza Statuto Rebibbia, 20 December 1981 Cher David, So then, how did our mind's eye of the transformation develop into actual truth? How used to be it attainable to build a technique that will permit us to prefigure, within the singular and within the specific, the good volume and generality of people’s curiosity in liberation? The theoretical discovery consisted, i feel, in counting no longer at the continuity yet at the discontinuity of the approaches. In different phrases, we needed to exclude from the outset any concept that the continuity used to be linear – we needed to exclude any Prometheanism of analysis, any experience that the result's proportional with its reason and the need commensurate with cause. How did we come to this knowledge? and the way, additionally, did a trust within the non-inevitability of communism develop into a motor that drove more and more our dedication to investigate and fight? in my opinion, the serious aspect of the event was once the working-­class insurrection in Turin in 1962, the clashes in and round Piazza Statuto. Up until eventually then, the paintings conducted in Quaderni Rossi were characterized by way of nice serious and analytical rigour. The research of the manufacturing unit and the research of the restructuring of capitalist society – briefly, the 2 faces of neocapitalism, because it used to be known as in these days with a terrible pleonasm (when has capitalism been something yet swap, whether no longer unavoidably efficient swap? ) – we started to stick with those elements in the course of the complete arc in their good judgment of improvement. there isn't any doubt, even if, that a few activists as regards to Raniero Panzieri had given this examine a truly positivistic imprint. As frequently occurs in situations of illness among positivist methodologies and innovative situations, the previous – not less than ­88 Letter 8: Piazza Statuto initially – are likely to get the higher hand. I take into accout having been for my part touched via the compelling common sense of the reversal that emerged from the empirical research of the rise within the natural composition of capital – studied no longer on the airy and meaningless point of common legislation, yet within the stamping press division of FIAT-­Mirafiori and at Olivetti in Ivrea. At this element, besides the fact that, Raniero’s genius and restlessness reacted: communism isn't inevitable. What got here to the fore the following was once the dogged lucidity and impatience of the examine performed by means of Romano Alquati, that remarkable Louis-­Ferdinand Céline of the progressive sociology of the manufacturing facility. Romano objected that, if the study is finished with employees and is completed as a second of agitation, the point of interest shifts instantly to the residues of capitalist common sense – in different phrases, to not the summary common sense of capital yet to the capitalist job of rationalisation: this is often the instant of war of words, and it's ongoing and decisive.

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