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Empire (Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri)

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Etudiant les régimes d'exploitation et de contrôle qui caractérisent la mondialisation, un professeur de littérature et un philosophe ont cherché ici à définir un modèle alternatif, une base pour une société réellement démocratique.
Published 2004 by 10/18 :Exils (first published 2000)
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Kelly
It is difficult, I think, to read a work considered “new” and/or “groundbreaking” in the very recent past after the ideas it contains have become pervasive- and not necessarily because the work ‘broke the story’ about them- and are still very active in society. Due to the many years of debate on an issue afterwards, reading the original argument can end up, through a kind of auditory dissonance, being aligned with the naïfs of the present or, even worse, the apocalyptic extremes that some people ...more
Jesse
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With respect to the authors of this strange, postmodern Marx-masturbation fest, I felt my intelligence insulted on "many levels of consciousness" and, even more strangely, given the ostensibly anti-transcendent intent of this book, condescended to from an altogether transcendent plane of existence. I shall not feign an understanding of this book in order to review it; I simply shall say I read it and felt at times rather intensely stimulated in a subjective way. But when the sun sets upon the co ...more
DoctorM
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 a ...more
Leonardo
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-order
Último libro de 2015. No voy a terminar nada para mañana.

Lo primero que tengo para decir es que nuevamente caí en el error de leer cosas viejas. Me da la sensación de que para leer algo viejo tiene realmente que ser un hiper clásico. Este es un texto importante en la bibliografía marxista, pero no sé si hoy en día vale la pena dedicarle tanto tiempo.

Agregué un millón de libros mientras lo iba leyendo. Creo que me pasa eso con estos libros marxistas, por dos razones: 1) citan una cantidad de bi
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Jim Coughenour
Jul 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europeanhistory
An astonishing book – unfortunately, the herculean effort required to translate its tortured academese into intelligibility yields minimal insight. "Theory" guaranteed to neutralize any activist, but one star for sheer chutzpah.
Luke
Absolutely brutal read. Works through centuries of Western philosophy and tries to portray the modern, globalized world as "Empire," a seemingly totalitarian structure of global capitalism. I disagree with their conclusions and find that there has not been as significant of a paradigm shift as Hardt and Negri argue. At times, the neo-Marxist jargon is so difficult and vague that the work overall feels weak.

Moreover, there are no people in the book, with the exception of the "multitude" (whatever
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Robert
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the same issue with this book as I do most books of the genre, and it is a money making genre btw. My problem is lack of realistic resolution or proposal for solution. The critique, as is the case in most of these types of books was pretty accurate. Of course there was the overgeneralization us v. them archetype, but it is necessary to make the story compelling. Also, at the end of the day this is a narrative not a history.
The critique which is essentially Marxism applied to modern globa
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Baris
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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disclaimer: I could not read the entire book.
This book is dated, overrated, boring, lacks focus and non-original. Avoid it.
Christoph
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hardt and Negri have developed a post-modern tour de force with Empire. They have systematically identified the shortcomings of modern capitalism while maintaining the vernacular and spirit of avant philosophical thought. Developing on the work of Baudrillard, Foucault, and Deleuze/Guatarri, perhaps the most cogent critique of contemporary capitalist hegemony has been achieved.
By diagraming the development of capatalism from its hierarchial origins to its modern decentralized form of oppression
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Eric
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Empire is a colossal disappointment, moving as it does from an excellent problem statement concerning the state of Marxist intellectualism in the face of a changing formation of capital, then to Foucault's notion of biopower, then to an apologia for the arguments the authors have already called deprecated.

But the borrowing from Foucault is an intellectual red herring. In no sense are Negri and Hardt following Foucault's notions of history, but rather wrapping themselves in his intellectual earn
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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 the "Communist Manifesto of the 21st Century."
Hardt and his co-author suggest that what they view as forces of contemporary class oppression, globalization and the commodification of services (or production of affects), hav
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“Throughout the world what remains of the vast public spaces are now only the stuff of legends: Robin Hood’s forest, the Great Plains of the Amerindians, the steppes of the nomadic tribes, and so forth… Rousseau said that the first person who wanted a piece of nature as his or her own exclusive possession and transformed it into the transcendent form of private property was the one who invented evil. Good, on the contrary, is what is common.” 17 likes
“- ما يتجلى هنا ليس منطقا جديدا بل سيناريو جديد لأفعال عقلانية مختلفة، أفق نشاطات ومقاومات وإرادات ورغبات ترفض نظام الهيمنة، وتقترح مخارج هروب، وتجترح مسارات تأسيس بديلة. وهذا الأساس الحقيقي القابل للنقد يمثل المرجع الوجودي الحقيقي للفلسفة، أو الحقل المناسب حقا لإحدى فلسفات التحرير. ولا يلبث هذا الموقف أن يقطع صلته منهجيا مع كل فلسفة للتاريخ بمقدار ما يرفض أي فهم حتموي جبري لتطور التاريخ وأي احتفال "عقلاني" بالنتيجة. إنه يبين ،على النقيض من ذلك، كيف يكون الحدث التاريخي كامنا في الإحتمال...
- ليست الفلسفة بومة منيرفا التي تحلق بعد تحقق التاريخ احتفالا بنهايته السعيدة، بل تبقى الفلسفة،بالأحرى، طرحا ذاتيا، رغبة، ونظرية مستمدة من الممارسة العملية ويجري تطبيقها على الحدث”
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