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Common Wealth: Das Ende Des Eigentums

(Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In der momentanen Krise wächst das gesellschaftliche Unbehagen am Kapitalismus. Viele Menschen fragen jetzt nach einer menschlicheren Alternative des Zusammenlebens. Eine Gesellschaft jenseits von Maximen wie Profit, Konkurrenz und Besitzdenken - ist das möglich? Michael Hardt und Antonio Negri, Autoren des Bestsellers" Empire", entwickeln in ihrem neuen großen Werk einen ...more
437 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by Harvard University Press (first published 2009)
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Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it's really theoretical and abstract. That's what words are. It's the best I've come across regarding revolution. We need to rethink our most intimate relationships. Change will be hard!! Violent! The hardest change will be what is closest... our identities, families and relationships. When we stop producing detrimental relationships at "home," only then can we produce an environmentally and socially just society.
Disclaimer: I'm not the most-informed person to review this - I've only read Empire some years ago (and had mixed feelings on it), but I was able to figure out what 'the multitude' was easily enough. I'm only passingly familiar with some of their theoretical background of Hegel, Kant, Spinoza, Marx. Foucault a little bit, but less so. Habermas and Deleuze are mysteries to me. So skip this ramble if you are more informed than I.

Empire was a very scathing review of modern globalization, providing
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was...more frustrating than anything, and that in spite of the fact that I agree with some of what they argue though I'm sure I don't understand all of it. It probably deserves a little more time and thought, but I haven't more. I also have not read Empire or Multitude, being more interested in the idea of the commons and how resistance is built.

First, and this is a general rhetorical question, I'd like to know just who the hell the academic left keeps writing for, if not simply each other.
I was a bit intimidated by this book before starting (it's on my diss reading list, and it's probably the longest and most theoretically heavy book in my neoliberalism list). But once I got into it, this book is fabulous. Hardt and Negri theorize the end of capitalism and a shift to a biopolitical labor system based on the construction of the common, which they define not only as the natural common (water, air, land, nature, etc.) but also the cultural common (speech, ideas, gesture, expression, ...more
Geoffrey Fox
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: revolution
Stimulating because of the questions it raises, not because of the answers for which we shall have to continue to grope. Or perhaps there are no answers to what is becoming of this world, where nation, state, class have become so diffuse that they seem empty categories. The authors' tearing apart of the category "modernity" is one of their major contributions, allowing us to recognize the complexity of global changes. As the 19th and most of the 20th century had it, the capitalist, industrialize ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant theory - not only on a political, but also on an anthropological, existential and ethical level.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of what they say should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the authors have a pretty specific ideological background, and I can nod in agreement with most of the usual criticisms thrown at Hardt and Negri (I would still argue for separation of 'art and artist')... BUT overall it is quite readable, even when you disagree, and even if sometimes the prose is too flowery. In particular the chapter concerning the role of the metropolis in modern times and the power of encounters is vital reading ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best of the trilogy-- particularly their development of the political concepts of love and expanding upon the notion of the common. Of course, they still fail to advance the feminist elements of autonomism and remain rather abstract about everything.
Empire and Multitude covered most of this ground. Just the exact same message, old hat by all accounts.
Jeffrey Rubard
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the last twenty years Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri have written four books speaking to the theoretical and practical needs of the world left at the turn of the millennium: Empire, Multitude, Commonwealth and Assembly. It is not immediately clear to the reader based on "advance press" but it is important to realize the Empire series is not quite simply an "Ontology of Social Being" from the autonomist standpoint of Negri and his Italian colleagues of the latter part of the 20th century; H ...more
Bos gecin. Imparatorluk korkunctu, Cokluk berbatti, bu idare eder bile degil. Assembly'i de basmislar. Ama cok zorda kalmazsam okumayacagim. Hayal gucsuz, sonuk, renksiz sol fantaziye giris kitaplari bunlar.

Soylenecek cok sey olmasina ragmen degmeyecek. Ortak zenginlik, nasil olup da somuruluyor? Soyut, "somuruluyor iste" olamaz cevap. Somut olarak nasil el konuyor? Nasil paraya, guce, libidinal ya da mali kapitale donusuyor? Tek bir satir yok bu konuda. Ornekler, hic bir sey anlatmiyor. Teorik
Geert Hofman
This is a good follow up of the other books by these authors. They stay true to the story they started with "Empire" and add enough new material to give some perspectives for an alternative future away from the current path of human self destruction.

In the beginning I had mixed feelings about the book because a lot of the things I read gave an impression of an old fashioned marxist nature. At the same time, some chapters breathed a kind of French deconstructivist air. This mix felt somewhat unb
Alix J
There's a lot to like here - a vision of social change that takes seriously the capacities we already have; a politic of the commons that pushes past the public/private divide; a respect for multiplicity that refuses liberal multi-culti melting pots. But there's plenty left to be desired. I was troubled by the authors' easy ranking of revolution-arity (in which the satisfaction of immediate needs, as well as the affirmation of identities under siege, come out looking frustratingly counter-revolu ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The follow-up to Empire replaced the multitude with the common, which H & N see as an alternative to both privatized and public modes of ownership. As with Empire, at some points they offer notable insights or provocative theories; at others they seem entirely off-base and nothing more than speculative.
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's good stuff . . . sometimes too abstract in its imaginings, but maybe that's the point at this stage in the game. theory practice theory practice theory practice constant revision. definitely worth the read, but i wish i'd had more hegel first. it makes reading "multitudes" kinda superfluous.
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wish-wash of interesting ideas and head in the clouds rubbish. Overall an interesting attempt to re-think Marxism for today's capitalism, but methodologically insufficient, and needs to be backed by more material, less speculative research.
Scott Neigh
This warrants a full and detailed review, which I may or may not have time to write. In brief: Lots of very enticing ideas, but also plenty that feels like it might be flights into fantasy. Worth reading.
Patric Esh
it's call about love. The only way to make the change.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Das passende Buch zur Occupy-Bewegung!
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoever you are, you should read this book.
I figger that, if Hardt reads my blog,the least I can do is read his book. :p
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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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“The intellectual is and only can be a militant, engaged as a singularity among others, embarked on the project of co-research aimed at making the multitude. The intellectual is thus not 'out in front' to determine the movements of history or 'on the sidelines' to critique them but rather completely 'inside.” 9 likes
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