Books for Burning: Between Civil War and Democracy in 1970s Italy

Overview

Long before Antonio Negri became famous around the world for his groundbreaking volume Empire, he was infamous across Europe for the incendiary writings contained in this book. Books for Burning consists of five pamphlets that Negri wrote between 1971 and 1977, which attempt to identify and draw lessons from new conditions of class struggle that emerged in the course of the 1970s.

Conceived as organizational hypotheses intended for debate among the members of the political ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $3.00   
  • New (7) from $9.90   
  • Used (6) from $3.00   
Sending request ...

Overview

Long before Antonio Negri became famous around the world for his groundbreaking volume Empire, he was infamous across Europe for the incendiary writings contained in this book. Books for Burning consists of five pamphlets that Negri wrote between 1971 and 1977, which attempt to identify and draw lessons from new conditions of class struggle that emerged in the course of the 1970s.

Conceived as organizational hypotheses intended for debate among the members of the political movements Workers’ Power (Potere operaio) and Organized Autonomy (Autonomia organizzata), these texts were later misread and misrepresented by the Italian state in its attempt to frame Negri as responsible for the assassination of former Italian president Aldo Moro, as the leader of the Red Brigades, and as the mastermind of an armed insurrection against the state. In the more than twenty-five years since their first publication, these texts have lost none of their originality, relevance or power to shock.

In a new preface, Negri demonstrates how his controversial work on empire, biopolitics and immaterial labor developed out of concepts and strategies first outlined in this book, and an editorial introduction analyzes the role these texts played in Negri’s trial and in the criminalization of the Italian radical workers’ movement.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844670345
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 10/17/2005
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio Negri has taught philosophy and political science at the Universities of Padua and Paris; he has also been a political prisoner in Italy and a political refugee in France. He is the author of over thirty books, including Political Descartes, Marx Beyond Marx, The Savage Anomaly, The Politics of Subversion, Insurgencies, Subversive Spinoza, and Time for Revolution, and, in collaboration with Michael Hardt, Labor of Dionysus, Empire and Multitude. He currently lives in Paris and Venice.

Timothy S. Murphy is associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. He is the translator of Antonio Negri’s Subversive Spinoza and co-editor of Resistance in Practice: The Philosophy of Antonio Negri.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface to the Italian edition : 1997 - twenty years later and prefatory note to the English translation
I Crisis of the planner-state : communism and revolutionary organization (1971) 1
1 The antagonism of the tendency according to Marx : actuality of his analysis 1
2 A mystified perspective : the economists and the destruction of the concept of capital 6
3 A disturbing consequence : the "subjectivists" and the contradiction as catastrophe 11
4 (Abstract) labor as revolutionary subject : the basis of the communist program and proletarian appropriation 15
5 The crisis of the planner-state : the large enterprise as articulation of the tendency and subject of the antagonism from capital's point of view 21
6 Preliminary interventions on some objections regarding method : tendency, science, and practice 26
7 Against enterprise-command : the organization of insurrection within the new composition of the working class 31
8 "Wealth" and "poverty" of the proletariat within the revolutionary dialectic 35
9 Our immediate task 40
II Workers' party against work (1973) 51
1 From the critique of political economy to the theory of organization, and vice-versa 51
2 Crisis of the planner-state : production of commodities by means of command? 57
3 Working-class political composition and armed organization of the struggle for communism 73
4 The dialectical articulations of party organization and its immediate objectives 88
5 Hastening the passage from workers' autonomy to workers' leadership : the wage against work, power against command 100
III Proletarians and the state : toward a discussion of workers' autonomy and the historic compromise (1975) 118
Thesis 1 Regarding the proletariat : elements of the new class composition 123
Thesis 2 Capital's command and the new composition : concerning money 127
Thesis 3 The enterprise and the terrorism of social democracy 131
Thesis 4 The hypothesis of the historic compromise 135
Thesis 5 On the autonomy of the political : the state today 138
Thesis 6 In general : restructuring and its effects 142
Thesis 7 In particular : the crisis of the historic compromise 146
Thesis 8 The subject of the crisis of the historic compromise 150
Thesis 9 Between worker strategy and worker tactics 154
Thesis 10 General prospect of the revolutionary passage 157
Thesis 11 Here and now : notes on the program 161
Thesis 12 The crisis on the international level 164
Thesis 13 To begin the inquiry into workers' and proletarian autonomy 169
Thesis 14 More on this issue : the subject of workers' inquiry 172
IV Toward a critique of the material constitution (1977) 180
1 Mutation of the material constitution and class antagonism 180
2 The formal conditions of the process of antagonism in reproduction : on Capital volume 2 189
3 The process of workers' self-valorization : the real conditions of antagonism 198
4 Toward a critique of the antagonisms in administration 207
5 The process of class self-valorization and the party process 215
V Domination and sabotage : on the Marxist method of social transformation (1977) 231
1 Lenin is supposed to have said ... 231
2 A first parenthesis, regarding method 236
3 The form of domination 242
4 A second parenthesis, on the wage 247
5 ... and Nietzsche went to parliament 253
6 We no longer have any choice ... 258
7 A third parenthesis, on the productive forces 263
8 The refusal of work 269
9 A fourth parenthesis, on the party 275
10 ... and the proletarians storm heaven 280
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)