Lapo Berti (1940-2017)
An Italian economist and former member of the Italian Antitrust Authority (1993—2010), Berti was Professor of Economic and Financial Politics at the University of Cosenza. His practice looked at problems of monetary theory and the history of economic thought, as well as economic politics. During the 1960s he collaborated with Mario Tronti and other Marxist intellectuals within Italian Communist heresy deﬁned as “workerism”. In the 1970s he co-edited with Sergio Bologna the Marxist magazine Primo Maggio. Most recently he published Il mercato oltre le ideologie (Università Bocconi Editore, 2006), Le stagioni dell’antitrust (with Andrea Pezzoli, Università Bocconi Editore, 2010), Trattatello sulla felicità (LUISS University Press, 2013) and, with others, Birth of Digital Populism (Obsolete Capitalism Free Press, 2014) and Money, revolution and philosophy of the future (Obsolete Capitalism Free Press, 2017). In 2016 Rizosfera published Berti’s interview Marx, Money and Capital (Rhizonomics book series). Unfortunately, Lapo has left us unexpectedly last December, 2017.