But Hardt and Negri Again!

The world-renowned authors of the international
best-seller Empire follow with an astonishing,
>politically energizing manifesto that argues that some
of the most troubling aspects of the new world order
contain the seeds of radical global social
transformation

With Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
established themselves as visionary theoreticians of
the new global order. They presented a profound new
vision of a world in which the old system of
nation-states has surrendered much of its hegemony to
a supranational, multidimensional network of power
they call empire. Empire penetrates into more aspects
of life over more of the world than any traditional
empire before it, and it cannot be beheaded for it is
multinoded. The network is the empire and the empire
is the network.

Now, in Multitude, Hardt and Negri offer up an
inspiring vision of how the people of the world can
use the structures of empire against empire itself.
With the enormous intellectual depth, historical
perspective, and positive, enabling spirit that are
he authors’ hallmark, Multitude lays down in three
parts a powerful case for hope. Part I, « War, »
examines the darkest aspects of empire. We are at a
crisis point in human affairs, when the new circuits
of power have grown beyond the ability of existing
circuits of political sovereignty and social justice
to contain them. A mind-set of perpetual war
predominates in which all wars are police actions and
all police actions are wars-counterinsurgencies
against the enemies of empire. In Part II, the book’s
central section, « Multitude, » they explain how empire,
by colonizing and interconnecting more areas of human
life ever more deeply, has actually created the
possibility for democracy of a sort never before seen.
Brought together in a multinoded commons of
resistance, different groups combine and recombine in
fluid new matrices of resistance. No longer the
silent, oppressed « masses, » they form a multitude.
Hardt and Negri argue that the accelerating
integration of economic, social, political, and
cultural forces into a complex network they call the
biopolitical is actually the most radical step in the
liberation of humankind since the Industrial
Revolution broke up the old feudal order. Finally, in
« Democracy, » the authors put forward their agenda for
how the global multitude can form a robust
biopolitical commons in which democracy can truly
thrive on a global scale. Exhilarating in its
ambition, range, and depth of interpretive insight,
Multitude consolidates Michael Hardt and Antonio
Negri’s stature as the most exciting and important
political philosophers at work in the world today.