As a student in Padua during the 1970s, Maurizio Lazzarato participated in Autonomia Operaia, and like many other participants, he was driven into political exile in Paris by the Italian state’s ruthless repression of that group and others on the extra-parliamentary left. The charges against him were resolved in the 1990s, but he continues to reside in Paris, where he has become a noted independent sociologist and philosopher engaged in research into immaterial labor, the transformation of waged labor, cognitive capitalism and “post-socialist” social movements. He has published several books, including Videofilosofia, percezione e lavoro nel post-fordismo (Rome: Manifestolibri, 1997) [Videophilosophy: Perception and Labor in Post-Fordism] and Puissances de l’invention: La psychologie économique de Gabriel Tarde contre l’économie politique (Paris: Editions les Empêcheurs de penser en rond, 2002) [Powers of Invention: Gabrial Tarde’s Economic Psychology Against Political Economy], and served on the editorial boards of the journals Futur antérieur and Multitudes. He has been both an active participant in and an acute analyst of several major social and political movements in Europe over the past decade, including the Tute Bianche and the intermittent entertainment workers.
(source: Introduction to Maurizio Lazzarato’s “Strategies of the Political Entrepreneur”, Timothy S. Murphy)