War and Democracy in the Age of Empire

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"In their international bestseller Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri presented a grand unified vision of a world in which the old forms of imperialism are no longer effective, and the various nation-states, even the most powerful, have to surrender much of their sovereignty to a supranational, multidimensional network of power they call Empire." "But what of Empire in an age of "American empire"? Many say that the unilateral war on terror conducted by the United States proves that old-school imperialism is alive and well. In Multitude Hardt and Negri argue that the reverse is true : the grievous failures of the U.S. project only confirm that using the tools of a previous historical moment to address contemporary problems is a recipe for ever more conflict, insecurity, and instability. The only way for the rich and powerful to maintain their interests and guarantee the global order is to establish a broad collaboration among the ruling powers in a new form of Empire. But such an imperial peace is by no means the solution for the vast majority of the world; such a "peace" really presides over a global state of violence that is progressively permeating all aspects of our society, exacerbating hierarchies, and subverting the traditional possibilities of democratic exchange."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780143035596
Branch Call Number: 321.8 H221M 2005
Characteristics: xviii, 426 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Negri, Antonio 1933-


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Apr 05, 2017

A very interesting book to read; it takes a slantways glance at humans on the Earth and considers their group and power relations, and the goals and the conflicts that are their consequence. It uses odd terminology ("biopower" (realism in politics, especially international relations), "biopolitics" (not intentionally killing eachother in organized ways, whether directly (militarily), or indirectly (economic and social brutalization and exploitation), among many others). Their point of view is of a social-democratic sort (or least far left), naive, and indignant with an intellectual pose. Some points they made were very insightful, eg. pg. 66ff ("production of subjectivities") and 108ff (other forms of labour, like emotional labour), and any thoughtful citizen would do well to ponder them and how they might be squared with conventional politics and social conditions.

Apr 25, 2012

Difficult. Couldn't persevere.


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