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Multitude by Michael Hardt
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May 19, 2009

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A sequel to Negri & Hardt's "Empire", with a discussion of how "the Multitude"--- diffuse networks of local resistance ---can oppose the Empire of equally diffuse, stateless global capital. Negri & Hardt draw heavily on Foucault's idea of "biopower" as a description of the kind of control their vision of Empire exerts--- not so much political imperium as a kind of all-pervasive economic and cultural system. They look to autonomous local movements (e.g., the Zapatistas) throughout the world as little seedbeds of resistance--- though their vision never quite explains how culturally and politically diverse and contradictory movements can replace the power of Empire with a democratic world or offer anything other than saying No. Not a bad read, but I'd recommend skipping this and going straight to their "Empire and After", which is a more tightly-structured work.

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