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By Christian Marazzi

The Swiss-Italian economist Christian Marazzi is likely one of the middle theorists of the Italian postfordist circulate, besides Antonio Negri, Paolo Virno, and Bifo (Franco Berardi). yet even supposing his paintings is usually stated via students (particularly via these within the box of "Cognitive Capitalism"), his writing hasn't ever seemed in English. This translation of his most modern paintings, Capital and Language (published in Italian in 2002), eventually makes Marazzi's paintings to be had to an English-speaking viewers. Capital and Language takes as its start line the truth that the extraordinary volatility of economic markets is mostly attributed to the discrepancy among the "real financial system" (that of fabric items produced and bought) and the extra speculative monetary-financial economic system. yet this contrast has lengthy ceased to use within the postfordist New economic climate, within which either spheres are structurally stricken by language and communique. In Capital and Language Marazzi argues that the alterations in monetary markets and the transformation of work into immaterial hard work (that is, its reliance on summary wisdom, normal mind, and social cooperation) are only aspects of an analogous coin. Capital and Language makes a speciality of the motives at the back of the foreign monetary and monetary melancholy of 2001, and at the basic device that the U.S. executive has seeing that been utilizing to stand them: struggle. Marazzi issues to capitalism's fourth degree (after mercantilism, industrialism, and the postfordist end result of the recent Economy): the "War economic system" that's already upon us. Marazzi deals a thorough new realizing of the present foreign monetary degree and the most important post-Marxist suggestions for confronting capitalism in its most modern shape. Capital and Language additionally offers a serious warning call to a Left nonetheless nostalgic for a Fordist construct--a time sooner than manufacturing unit become place of work (and workplace into home), and earlier than hard work grew to become linguistic.

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The atom­ ization of work, its internal hierarchy, immigration, temp workers, workingpoor, are the social and identity vectors "played" against the class recomposition of the multiplicity of productive vectors. "Nev­ ertheless, " writes Marco Revelli, "this did not pur an end to the capacity for centralization and subj ugation (for private appropria­ tion) of the disseminated forces of production by some higher-up on the 'chain of value' : of the social power that governs the new dis­ seminated productive system.

The Federal Reserve's monetarist initiative was aimed at reestablishing the state's power, leaving capital total freedom against its "enemies," both internal (the Fordist working class, rigidity of salaries and welfare 36 / Cq;itai and LangL;age programs) and external (impediments to US global expansion coming from "places" creating petrodollars and Eurodollars beyond control by the Fed) . The idea was to tie the fate of American workers to the risks of American capital; to relaunch the material expansion of American capital in the world economy, eliminating all of the spaces in which the money created by the Federal Reserve was no longer transforming itself into capital, thus generating inflation (Reaganite neoliberalism should be interpreted above all, I believe, as a nationalist ideology within a world economy still structured along imperialistic lines) .

The silent revolution in pension funds, as we have seen, was in step with the crisis of the Fordist model centered not only on the centrality of the manufacturing sector and union mediation but, above all, on the salary relationship. The Fed's 1 979 monetarist turn transformed salaries into an adjustment variable of the financial market. The overall income of workers and, through stock options, of management, was now tied to capitalist risk through the destandardization of salaries and the individualization of contract relationships.

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