“The Uprising” is an Autonomist manifesto for today’s precarious times, and a rallying cry in the face of the catastrophic and irreversible crisis that neoliberalism . Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s newly translated book The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance is light on two things: poetry and finance. What Berardi gives the reader . We posted the audio not too long ago from a Franco “Bifo” Berardi talk at Pratt Institute on his book The Uprising: Poetry and Finance.

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Apr 26, Sandyssandersatt. Speculation leads to failure. This generational disdain is the second idea the digital covers up in contemporary theory, though Berardi hardly hides his:.

But it also provides a way into the critical comprehension of sensibility that semio-capitalism turns on and therefore the language to critique the capitalisation of language.

For too long has financial dictatorship compressed the social body, and the cynicism of the ruling class has become repugnant. Why else distinguish between the word and the material sign? And if you read other of his material it becomes redundant.

Berardi makes it clear that semio-capitalism rests on a foundation of digital exchange, and anyone who reads contemporary theory knows that the digital has become the bogeyman that lurks behind capitalism. Jul 21, Mohammed Yusuf rated it it was amazing. Berardi has written over two dozen published books, as well as a more extensive number of essays and speeches. The essence of this idea is to extract the fundamentals of how poetry functions and to apply in the construction of meaningful interactions with other people.


It’s all a bit Utopic, perhaps, but there are some nicely put ideas and critiques here, sprinkled amongst some F A poetic little book, fittingly enough, about the loss of meaning in the financial system. For the moment I remain a little disappointed, because what I hoped would be Berardi’s starting point his ideas about irony and cynicism as described in an article he wrote for Animal Shelter earlier this year turned out, instead, to be the ending point of the book.

This is why financial regulators are trying, and failing, to put limits on the number of positions speculators can take on commodities. Suddenly, work is no longer the physical, muscular work of industrial production.

Reading Notes for Bifo’s The Uprising

No one loses this way in literature except for the writer blurbed by Jay McInerney. May 31, Tristan Laing added it. Now the glory of the future is over.

I’ll have to hold off on a proper review until I see the final version. Meanders playfully a little, and doesn’t in fact give clear examples of some of its ideas but very fun overall.

On Theory and Finance: Review of Berardi’s “The Uprising”

Technology is used as a medium of control of the techo-linguistic system, Berardi affirms that future generations are beginning to be taught languages and words not by our human mothers, but by machines as we are ever more exposed and in proximity to them. His solution, exploring the works of Deleuze, Guatarri and Baudrillard, is that of poetry, he sees poetry as the dimension of non-exchangability and infinity, that addresses our desires and creates a sense of autonomy and self-governance.

A good introductory book to Bifo’s work. Or even worse, such as the case of the Italian Futurists.


uprisinv Feb 28, Malcolm rated it liked it Shelves: Perhaps it was bourgeois morality or the real and violent government censor? Berardi is a Marxist but does not call for the revolutions of the past.

It is the culmination of a process of progressive abstraction that started with capitalist industrialization.

Reading Notes for Bifo’s The Uprising – ENTROPY

No trivia or quizzes yet. This was a great text.

He’s a Fanon for the 21st century, and lord knows we need one. The definition of the financial system is befardi to agree upon. I think there are some good insights in this book, but I doubt Berardi’s thinly sketched argument will resonate with anyone who does not already agree with him.

Additional excerpts from the book about the financialization of society:.

The body of the text — the second two essays — insightful analyses of the semio-capitalism and its links to and connections with industrial and financial capitalism providing useful extensions of convention uprizing political economy understandings of the emerging generalised condition of precarity.

This same “poetry”, a visionary aspect of language that defies rationality, must be employed by those now victimized by it to “reconnect the general intellect to the social body”.

As language today is defined and limited by its economic exchangeability, it’s transformed to information, an incorporation of techno-linguistic automatisms.