autonomist Marxism

The Commoner journal

Archive of the online autonomist marxist journal The Commoner. Founded by Massimo de Angelis in 2001.

https://thecommoner.org/

In the beginning there is the doing, the social flow of human interaction and creativity, and the doing is imprisoned by the deed, and the deed wants to dominate the doing and life, and the doing is turned into work, and people into things. In this crazy world revolts are practices of hope.

This journal is about living in a world in which the doing is separated from the deed, in which this separation extends in to an ever increasing number of life spheres, and a world in which revolts against this separation are ubiquitous.

The Birth of the Work Underground - Mattera (1984)

Philip Mattera's brief look (with an eye toward class struggle and autonomy) at the growth of off-the-books work in the post-Keynesian period. This was published in 1984 in the UK journal 'Emergency.' Mattera would later publish a book-length study on the subject, entitled 'Off the Books: The Rise of the Underground Economy.'

The Activist vol.15 #1-2 1975 - Wages for Housework issue

The Activist - A Student Journal Politics and Opinion, numbers 1 & 2, the Wages for Housework issue. Important collection of articles on Wages for Housework and the social factory.

"Do You Remember Revolution?" w/ Emergency Intro - 1983 (Negri et al)

1983 publication of "Do You Remember Revolution?" with an introduction by the Emergency editorial collective. This important piece by Negri et al looks at the relations between class composition, movement tactics, and state repression. It originally appeared in Italian in Il Manifesto.

The Correspondence Booklet (1954)

The 1954 pamphlet "The Correspondence Booklet: Selections From a Paper That is Written, Edited and Circulated by Its Readers."

The Food Stamps Explosion

Timothy Reynolds' 1980 book-length masters thesis exploring the food stamps (now known as SNAP) program from the perspective of class composition and class struggle. The thesis was completed under Harry Cleaver and is a powerful addition to the history of claimant struggles in the States in the 1970s. Reynolds' work also provides a methodological example of applying autonomist concepts to concrete struggles and drawing important lessons from that lens.

Globalisation: Origins - History - Resistance

An anonymous and expansive autonomist marxist contribution to Reflections On Mayday 2000.

Excerpts of this were included in the Reflections On Mayday document (see PDF). The full text is reproduced here.

It originally appeared in Do Or Die #8.

Migratory Flows: The Mass Worker And The Socialized Worker - Comitato Senza Frontiere

An autonomist analysis of immigration in and around Italy in from 1950s-1990s.

Article from London Notes #1 1992, translated from an article by Comitato Senza Frontiere (Without Frontiers Committee), Via Avesella 5b, Bologna, Italy, dated 28 May 1991 and published in Incompatibili (the magazine of the self-organized workers of Rome), #6 Summer 1991.

The Magneti Marelli Workers Committee - the "Red Guard" tells its story (Milan, 1975-78) - Emilio Mentasti

The Magneti Marelli Workers Committee - front cover

This remarkable book about one of the high points of workers' struggles in Italy (and the world) in the 1960s and '70s is now available in English.

I'm making it available here in mobi and epub formats, so you should be able to read it on most electronic devices.

A paper copy of this book can be obtained from the publisher, Autonomedia/Minor Compositions:
https://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=1002
And a fine paper copy it is! Nicely layed out and on good quality paper... And there's a free PDF for you to download too.

The Introduction to the English Edition is below.

Two reviews of Antonio Negri's Marx Beyond Marx

Midnight Notes review Antonio Negri's book "Marx beyond Marx", which concerns Karl Marx's Grundrisse.

These two reviews are wittily (and dialectically?) interspersed in the original journal (see PDF). We have taken the liberty of presenting them here one after the other.

A further comment "End to Negri" from another Midnight Notes member that appears at the end of the journal has been included here for completeness.