Critique of the Italian Edition of the book “19 and 20. Notes for the new social protagonism” by Colectivo Situaciones

The Ballad of Buenos Aires, by Toni Negri

This is a book that talks about the events of the 19th and 20th of December, 2001 in Argentina, when the inhabitants of Buenos Aires took to the streets and aimed themselves at Congress, forcing the flight of the President, and the successive resignation of the government. But not just that: it also speaks of before and after the insurrection, it talks about the new political and social situation that was determined since the miltary dictatorship of 1976-83 and the neoliberal decade (1989-1999). The book – Piqueteros. La rivolta argentina contro il neo liberismo [Piqueteros. The Argentinian revolt against neoliberalism], DeriveApprodi, pg 227, – the authors tell us (the Colectivo Situaciones is constituted by a group of militants) was thought with urgency, written and published in the space of less than three months. The original subtitle is “Notes for a new social protagonism.” In fact, it treats in the form of notes, theoretical notes and syntheses of discussion by assemblies, the theory of organization of struggles and the critique of lived experiences. “Writing in situation” finds here an example in all ways innovative: the capacity to combine critical reflection and investigation materials reaches a level of true theoretical innovation. Those who, on the other hand, want to have proof of the newness of this political writing have no more than to find the materials that the Colectivo Situaciones have published frequently since 2001 until the end of 2002 (as a summary of all these materials one can look over all “Hypothesis 891. Beyond the piquetes.”). In all these writings, then, the reflections of the collective cross with that of the grand assemblies of struggle. Above all with the Movement of the Unemployed Workers (MST) of Solano.

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