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By Steve Wright

Storming Heaven is the 1st accomplished survey of Italian autonomist thought, from its origins within the anti-stalinist and workerist left of the Fifties to its heyday 20 years later. Autonomist marxism was once a political tendency which privileged themes--self-organisation, development of id, grassroots politics, topics in struggle--which in lots of methods may be noticeable because the precursor of modern-day debates round direct motion protest. Emphasising the dynamic nature of sophistication fight because the distinguishing characteristic of autonomist idea, Wright explores how its knowing of sophistication politics constructed along rising social events. delivering a serious and ancient exploration of the tendency's emergence in postwar Italy, Storming Heaven strikes past the hindrance of conventional analytical frameworks at the left, and assesses the strengths and boundaries of autonomist marxism as first constructed by way of Antonio Negri, Mario Tronti, Sergio Bologna and others.

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What was important about the Report, by contrast, was its refusal of that measuring stick of a 'completely mythologised class' which had inevitably led many left intellectuals to berate the real thing for its spontaneism and lack of socialist ideology (Alquati 1975: 64-5). This was not to say that Alquati rejected outright Lenin's discourse on organisation, simply that his was a peculiarly 'libertarian' brand of leninism derived from Montaldi and some of the latter's international contacts. In particular, the argument in What Is To Be Done?

43-4). Such attitudes led in turn to an 'inevitable vicious circle', with many young workers rejecting the union's demands as abstract, formulated by bureaucrats 'in Rome' themselves subservient to politicians. : 44-7). In this manner, and despite the absence of the term itself, Alquati's Report began that discourse on class composition understood as the various forms of behaviour which arise when particular forms of labour-power are inserted in specific processes of production - which would soon come to be synonymous with workerism itself.

An organisation that responds to the actual reality of class exploitation': this was the goal to which Alquati aspired (1975: 71, 74, 72). It would also remain the least developed theme in his early work. Indeed, whilst always implicit, the notion of organisation as a function of class composition would lead a difficult existence within workerism so long as Lenin remained the principal reference point of its political discourse. At the same time, Alquati's early work on FIAT was strongly imbued with that self-management ideology held in common by both Panzieri and the ultra-left which had so influenced Montaldi.

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