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Empire by Michael Hardt
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Mar 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: summer-of-theory, politics, international-relations

Well, it's...very...provocative. Not to say annoying. "Empire" was billed as the Next Big Thing--- the first Deleuze/Guattari postmodern revisioning of Marxist ideas of international politics, the path through the rhizome to 21st-century visions of re-territorialised or post-territorial empire. And it's interesting on an abstract level--- the book is rather good at deploying postmodern and post-structuralist authors to make its point. Though...the actual concrete political thoughts here really are eye-rolling after a while. Still, that may be because some of the political predictions here have become the stuff of dull, quotidian reality over the last dozen years. Well, it's not as good as "Multitude", and it is something of a train wreck, but it's also fascinating and fun. (Can one say "fun" about a book on these topics?) Read it, mine it for small gems, and just look at the rest the way you'd look at any book about "the near future" that may already be a bit dated.
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Kelly Glad to see you agree with me about the eyerollingness.

They use a lot of exclamation points. And poetry. This is always a bad sign in a poli-sci book.


DoctorM Unless you quote Auden or Eliot. Or "Ozymandias". You can always quote "Ozymandias" in any poli-sci book.



Kelly wrote: "Glad to see you agree with me about the eyerollingness.

They use a lot of exclamation points. And poetry. This is always a bad sign in a poli-sci book."



DoctorM Agreed.


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