Re-reading “The Strategy of Refusal,” the verve, confidence, and daring of Tronti’s formulations are striking. What’s established, then, in this and other early examples of Italian operaismo, is a style of intellectual engagement: brash, iconoclastic, sweeping, taking no prisoners.
This is a style of writing that aspires to separate itself radically from all intellectual production hitherto, indeed from intellectuality as it has been traditionally conceived tout court. No more “organic intellectuals” of the Gramscian inheritance; these are but parasites of the Communist party and the labour movement (16).
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