New figures of labor and new machines for the extraction of surplus values: Sandro Mezzadra’s Marxian research is located between these two poles. This is an open work, open in a double sense. Firstly from a genealogical point of view, since it sums up and further develops the best accomplishments of Marx studies in the last fifty years from the angle of a critical analysis of the formation of the proletariat into a class. In the Marxian Workshops is an open work, secondly, because it invites its readers to participate in the solution of this latter riddle: this is what production of subjectivity means here, the revolutionary subjectivation that Marx continues to claim from anybody interested in his work.
Politics is being produced in the Marxian workshops. Sandro Mezzadra turns the discussion on Marx from the usual scholarly mode of textual certitudes to a provisional, tension-filled, dialectical exercise, which has the capacity to suggest new angles, possibilities, and new problems of articulating transformative politics. Such politics is never given. It is produced. Political ideas can only be workshops for such production. That perhaps is the way by which Marx can be drawn out of the sedate and satisfied chambers of western academic thinking to the violent storms blowing in the broader world.