The reactivation of the social body is the condition for the full deployment of General Intellect. A process of dismantling of the general intellect is underway. During the first decade of the new century cognitive labor was disempowered and subjected to the form of precarization. The social and affective body of the cognitive workers has been separated from their daily activity of net-producers. The new alienation is based on this separation, on the virtualization of social relations. The new alienation takes the form of psychic suffering, panic, depression and a suicidal tide featuring the behavior of the first generation of people who have learned more words from a machine than from their mother. The insurrection against financial capitalism is aimed to recompose the social and affective body.

Born in 1949, Franco Berardi Bifo is a writer, media-theorist, and media-activist. He founded the magazine A/traverso (1975–81) and was part of the staff of Radio Alice, the first free pirate radio station in Italy (1976–78). Involved in the political movement of Autonomia in Italy during the 1970s, he fled to Paris, where he worked with Félix Guattari in the field of schizoanalysis. Bifo published the books After the future (2011) The Soul at Work (2010), Felix (2001), Cibernauti (1994), Mutazione e Cyberpunk (1993) and contributed to the magazines Semiotext(e), Chimères, Metropoli, and Musica 80.

He is currently collaborating to e-flux.journal. He is Coordinator of the European School for Social Imagination (SCEPSI) His next book, Poetry and finance will be issued in September by Semiotexte.