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In their international bestseller Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri presented a grand unified vision of a world in which the old forms of imperialism are no longer effective. But what of Empire in an age of “American empire”? Has fear become our permanent condition and democracy an impossible dream? Such pessimism is profoundly mistaken, the authors argue. Empire, by interconnecting more areas of life, is actually creating the possibility for a new kind of democracy, allowing different groups to form a multitude, with the power to forge a democratic alternative to the present world order.Exhilarating in its optimism and depth of insight, Multitude consolidates Hardt and Negri’s stature as two of the most important political philosophers at work in the world today.

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With enormous intellectual depth, historical perspective, and positive, enabling spirit, the renowned authors of "Empire"--two visionary theoreticians of the new global order--lay down a powerful case for hope in today's supranational world.

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In their international bestseller Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri presented a grand unified vision of a world in which the old forms of imperialism are no longer effective. But what of Empire in an age of American empire? Has fear become our permanent condition and democracy an impossible dream? Such pessimism is profoundly mistaken, the authors argue. Empire, by interconnecting more areas of life, is actually creating the possibility for a new kind of democracy, allowing different groups to form a multitude, with the power to forge a democratic alternative to the present world order. Exhilarating in its optimism and depth of insight, Multitude consolidates Hardt and Negris stature as two of the most important political philosophers at work in the world today.

About the Author

Michael Hardt is a professor of literature at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. Antonio Negri is an independent researcher and writer as well as a political prisoner currently under house arrest in Rome, Italy.

Table of Contents

Preface: Life in Common

1. War

1.1 Simplicissimus

Exemptions

Golem

The GLobla State of War

Biopower and Security

Legitimate Violence

Samuel Huntington, Geheimrat

1.2 Counterinsurgencies

Birth of the New War

Revolution in Military Affairs

The Mercenary and the Patriot

Asymmetry and Full-Spectrum Dominance

1.3 Resistance

The Primacy of Resistance

From the People's Army to Guerrilla Warfare

Inventing Network Struggles

Swarm Intelligence

From Biopower to Biopolitical Production

2. Multitude

2.1 Dangerous Classes

The Becoming Common of Labor

The Twilight of the Peasant World

Two Italians in India

The Wealth of the Poor (or, We Are the Poors!)

Demonic Multitudes: Dostoyevsky Reads the Bible

Excursus 1: Method: In Marx's Footsteps

Death of the Dismal Science?

2.2 De Corpore

Global Apartheid

A Trip to Davos

Big Government Is Back

Life on the Market

2.3 Traces of the Multitude

The Monstrosity of the Flesh

Invasion of the Monsters

Production of the Common

Beyond Private and Public

Carnival and Movement

Mobilization of the Common

Excursus 2: Organization: Multitude on the Left

3. Democracy

3.1 The Long March of Democracy

Crisis of Democracy in the Era of Armed Globalization

The Unfinished Democratic Project of Modernity

Debtors' Rebellion

The Unrealized Democracy of Socialism

Revolt, Berlin

From Democratic Representation to GLobal Public Demands

White Overalls

3.2 Global Demands for Democracy

Caheirs de doléances

Convergence in Seattle

Experiments in Global Reform

Back to the Eighteenth Century!

Excursus 3: Strategy: Geopolitics and New Alliances

3.3 Democracy of the Multitude

Sovereignty and Democracy

May the Force Be with You

The New Science of Democracy: Madison and Lenin

Notes

Index

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Patrick Russell, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Patrick Russell)
MULTITUDE, the excellent second book in Hardt & Negri's trilogy (the first being EMPIRE, the second, the recently released COMMONWEALTH) on the contemporary political situation--and what is to be done about it. Proposes swarm theory as the model for new, democratic, horizontal, political organizations. Also introduces the important concepts of the common and immaterial labor, the latter being the immanent "bond" that unites people across social difference without sublimating those differences. Immaterial labor describes what is for Hardt & Negri the new hegemonic form of labor that has come to replace industrial labor, this new form being affective, bio-social, & interpersonal.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143035596
Author:
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Hardt, Michael
Author:
Negri, Antonio
Subject:
General
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.52x6.46x.94 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , With enormous intellectual depth, historical perspective, and positive, enabling spirit, the renowned authors of "Empire"--two visionary theoreticians of the new global order--lay down a powerful case for hope in today's supranational world.

"Synopsis" by , In their international bestseller Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri presented a grand unified vision of a world in which the old forms of imperialism are no longer effective. But what of Empire in an age of American empire? Has fear become our permanent condition and democracy an impossible dream? Such pessimism is profoundly mistaken, the authors argue. Empire, by interconnecting more areas of life, is actually creating the possibility for a new kind of democracy, allowing different groups to form a multitude, with the power to forge a democratic alternative to the present world order. Exhilarating in its optimism and depth of insight, Multitude consolidates Hardt and Negris stature as two of the most important political philosophers at work in the world today.
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