Arrigo Cervetto
Unitary Imperialism
Volume 2. 1959-1980

This book is a collection of the analyses of international relations made by Arrigo Cervetto during the first thirty years of his activity as a militant revolutionary. This great analytical work is the outcome of the political battle that Cervetto fought during those years to restore Leninism to Italy, and cannot be separated from his particular interpretation of Lenin’s political legacy.

For Cervetto, and for the small group of revolutionaries that gather round him after the Second World War, this return to Lenin is the indispensable prerequisite for the formulation of a revolutionary strategy. In other words, via Leninism, these militants aspire to raise the communist movement out of the abyss the Fascist, Stalinist and Social-Democratic counterrevolution had cast it into.

The title of this book picks up a concept, that of «unitary imperialism» in fact, which had been worked out starting from the internationalist debate of the early ‘50s. From a political point of view, asserting the existence of «unitary imperialism» at that moment in history meant saying above all that one attributed to the ussr, as well as to all the so-called «socialist camp», the same social nature as its opposing Western «capitalist camp».

Internationalism thus found a solid theoretical base, but the concept of «unitary imperialism» gœs much further than its occasional use in the political struggle against Stalinism.

In his effort to link up with the essence of the Leninist conception of the revolutionary party, Arrigo Cervetto finds the central core of the continuity between Marx and Lenin in the concept of socio-economic formation.

Cervetto demonstrates that this scientific acquisition of Marx’s is the starting point of Lenin’s elaboration and gœs so far as to maintain, and to prove, that the Leninist Party is the solution to the problems posed by “Capital”, that «the party [is] the apotheosis of Marxist science». The great mass of the material collected in these volumes testifies to Arrigo Cervetto’s commitment to his effort to put his conception of the party and the revolutionary struggle into practice.


december 2016, 709 pages, paperback

ISBN 978-2-912639-83-7

€20.00 or $28.00 or £17.0