With the positive spirit and intellectual depth that are the authors' hallmark, Multitude argues that some of the most troubling aspects of the new world order contain the seeds of radical global social transformation. The accelerating integration of economic, political and cultural powers in the world is actually a force for the good. No longer ...
With the positive spirit and intellectual depth that are the authors' hallmark, Multitude argues that some of the most troubling aspects of the new world order contain the seeds of radical global social transformation. The accelerating integration of economic, political and cultural powers in the world is actually a force for the good. No longer simply the silent, oppressed masses, the world's populations form a fluid and powerful network with the strength to bring about the most radical step in the liberation of humankind since the Industrial Revolution. This multitude, Hardt and Negri tell us, is the key to democracy on a global scale.
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-12 Empire (2000)-the surprise hit that made its term for U.S global hegemony stick and presciently set the agenda for post-9/11 political theory on the left-was written by this same somewhat unlikely duo: Hardt, an American political scientist at Duke University, and Negri, a former Italian parliament member and political exile, trained political scientist and sometime inmate of Rome's Rebibbia prison. This book follows up on Empire's promise of imagining a full-blown global democracy. Though the authors admit that they can't provide the final means for bringing that entity about (or the forms for maintaining it), the book is rich in ideas and agitational ends. The "multitude" is Hardt and Negri's term for the earth's six billion increasingly networked citizens, an enormous potential force for "the destruction of sovereignty in favor of democracy." The middle section on the nature of that multitude is bookended by two others. The first describes the situation in which the multitude finds itself: "permanent war." The last grounds demands for and historical precursors of global democracy. Written for activists to provide a solid goal (with digressions into history and theory) toward which protest actions might move, this timely book brings together myriad loose strands of far left thinking with clarity, measured reasoning and humor, major accomplishments in and of themselves. (On sale Aug. 9) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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