Articles by

David Broder

David Broder is a historian of French and Italian communism and the Europe editor of Jacobin.

The Autumn and Fall of Italian Workerism

The demise of old labor movement structures has posed the problem of subjectivity — and drawn attention to the operaista current active in 1960s and ’70s Italy. Yet a focus on outbursts of militancy ultimately misled activists, taking them away from an understanding of the behavior of the working class as a whole. The rise and fall of Italian operaismo holds lessons for the labor left today.