Franco Berardi narrates his initial encounter with Antonio Negri in 1967 and his growing involvement with Potere Operaio (Workers' Power), which led to his expulsion from the Italian Communist Party, of which he had been a dissident member. He discusses the emergence of Autonomia, its suppression by the Italian state, and the flight of its members into exile abroad. He credits Negri with the important recognition that the European Left has been and continues to be too focused on the level of national politics when it should instead focus its militant energy on the transnational level.

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