“The appearance of Empire represents a spectacular break. Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri defiantly overturn the verdict that the last two decades have been a time of punitive defeats for the Left…
(Empire, p. 274) According to Hardt and Negri, these seemingly personal gestures of “refusal to work” were actually expressions of “subjectivity” that embodied “profound economic power” that mounted a serious challenge to the stability of the system. Well, what is one to say.
Empire is a sweeping book with a big-picture vision. Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri argue that while classical imperialism has largely disappeared, a new empire is emerging in a diffuse blend of technology, economics, and globalization.
Hardt, Michael. Empire / Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-674-25121-0 (cloth) ISBN 0-674-00671-2 (pbk.) 1. Imperialism. I. Negri, Antonio, 1933– . II. Title. JC359.H279 2000 325 .32 09045—dc21 99-39619 Fourth printing, 2001. Every tool is a weapon ifyou hold it right. Ani DiFranco
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, in this extract from their book, argue that our new imperial world order is quite different from those that have gone before, and opens up new spaces for a truly
Hardt and Negri link this philosophical transformation to cultural and economic changes in postmodern society—to new forms of racism, new conceptions of identity and difference, new networks of communication and control, and new paths of migration.
Michael Hardt is an American literary theorist and political philosopher perhaps best known for Empire, written with Antonio Negri and published in 2000. It has been praised as …
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
Today, Antonio Negri is best known as the co-author, with Michael Hardt, of the controversial Marxist-inspired treatise Empire (2000).  In 2009 Negri completed the book Commonwealth , the final in a trilogy that began in 2000 with Empire and continued with Multitude in 2004, co-authored with Michael Hardt.
Hardt and Negri’s system, presented under the pleasant-sounding term “Empire,” proceeds, then, from the naïve vision of globalization offered by the dominant discourse. In this vision, transnationalization has already abolished imperialism (and imperialism in conflict), replacing it with a system in which the center is both nowhere and
Hardt and Negri link this philosophical transformation to cultural and economic changes in postmodern society–to new forms of racism, new conceptions of identity and difference, new networks of communication and control, and new paths of migration.
Hardt and Negri suggest such Leninist concerns are irrelevant to rebellions against Empire, which successfully capitalize on the symbolic logic of postmodern politics. In this alternative space, world history unfolds as a sequence of nearly magical serendipities.