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Declaration [Kindle Edition]

Michael Hardt , Antonio Negri
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This is not a manifesto. Manifestos provide a glimpse of a world to come and also call into being the subject, who although now only a specter must materialize to become the agent of change. Manifestos work like the ancient prophets, who by the power of their vision create their own people. Today's social movements have reversed the order, making manifestos and prophets obsolete. Agents of change have already descended into the streets and occupied city squares, not only threatening and toppling rulers but also conjuring visions of a new world. More important, perhaps, the multitudes, through their logics and practices, their slogans and desires, have declared a new set of principles and truths. How can their declaration become the basis for constituting a new and sustainable society? How can those principles and truths guide us in reinventing how we relate to each other and our world? In their rebellion, the multitudes must discover the passage from declaration to constitution.

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Praise for Hardt & Negri's previous books: "Hardt and Negri are an extraordinarily rare breed: political theorists who actually believe in people, and their power and wisdom to govern themselves. The result is an inspiring marriage of realism and idealism." Naomi Klien, author of No Logo "The collaboration between American literary theorist and Italian political philosopher has produced a strange and graceful work, of rare imaginative drive and richness of intellectural reference." New Left Review "[Hardt and Negri's] objective, prudently, is to suggest that social revolution is still eminently possible, and that even in this dark time, the left has every reason to be optimistic." In These Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Argo-Navis (8 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00816QAFY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It should be on the National Curriculum, Mr Gove 22 Oct. 2013
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Splendid stuff. Rarely do I bother to rate books, few deserve the puff. Maybe it is only us older folks that remember what life and community was like. This book should be on the National Curriculum, so that children can learn about other possibilities other than living precariously. The effect of debt keeps our noses on the grindstone. This crisis: the rule of private property, tax avoiders, hedge funds, bankers. We need more Edward Snowdens, more Occupy, more solidarity. We need to stop working on the deck chairs and their rearrangement. Reread "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Hans Christian Anderson and see its relevance to our situation.

Download it and study it carefully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong start, poor end 10 Feb. 2015
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After a great first half I felt I had picked up a bargain. I began to lose faith when the book began to focus on the future, as it rapidly descended in to populism. The latter half, I felt, just lacked the seriousness which I found in the first half.

All in all, a reasonable short book and worth a read. You won't learn anything new but the authors eloquently sum up some of society's ills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 May 2013
By merlin
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An excellent product at an excellent price and excellent service. And the thinking behind this book is so of today and all the challenges we now face. Will buy here again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet 13 Jun. 2012
By Daniel Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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This tiny volume contains a dense but keen analysis of the current state of global capitalism. It takes the "word on the street" from the current direct democracy movements all over the world and places it upon a solid Marx-influenced theoretical framework. It covers the current relationship of the "multitude" to the means of production and exposes global capitalism's (Empire) shaky foundations. Some have claimed that their earlier work, _Empire_, was like the Communist Manifesto of the 21st century. At 478 pages, that work really doesn't fit the analogy. This work does. But as stated, it transcends the function and format of the manifesto while still holding onto the biting style, not attempting to "reinvent the wheel."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of the Intellectual Left 4 Mar. 2013
By Frank C Rac - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very accessible summary to the massive and comprehensive works of Hardt and Negri - leading inexorably to the twin conclusions that we are in a hell of our own making and that there is a way out. It is only from a global and long-term perspective that Citizens of the World can begin to challenge the existing cliched liberal and conservative false authorities. A wonderful book - like a cool breeze on a face red with rage.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Declaration de Hardt y Negri 21 Feb. 2013
By R. Galeano Valencia - Published on Amazon.com
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Excelente reflexión sobre la actual crisis global! Lo mas importante en relacion con los libros anteriores es que ya no esperan el "evento", solo tratan de formular propuestas para cuando este ocurra
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Concise, Mildly Lackluster Cultural Marxist Analysis of Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring and related 2011 movements 23 Aug. 2014
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
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Declaration looks at the horizontal protest movements of 2011 through the lens of two noted Cultural Marxists - Hardt and Negri. It also serves to recapitulate their prior work, which was often excessively dense. If you like that sort of thing, you'll like this. If you don't this won't change your mind any, but it's still a quick and largely inoffensive read.

The book is a largely well-written Cultural Marxist book, but has the usual problems of the genre - a few words are invented/misappropriated, French post-structuralists are quoted when irrelevant, economics knowledge is scant. The Neo-Marxism is informed by Foucault (biopower, securitization) and Gramsci (hegemony, etc) and a kind of multiculturalism, so it's also sure to annoy the Classical Marxist in the family in addition to any Neo-Liberals. There's also traces of Autonomism throughout, which frequently leads to bizarre conclusions. Management is opposed in one passage for a worker run outfit. Yet, such a structure merely replicates Capitalism and it makes men slaves as well as overseers, still beholden to the logic of production and consumption, still concerned with the bottom line in which they now share as shareholders. It does not make men the masters of their own fate. It does not make them free.

The truly odd thing about the book is how dated it ultimately feels. The Arab Spring put new worse, democratically elected dictators in power, Occupy Wall Street ultimately fell apart without any distinct goals or platforms, Spanish indignatos were still left with a ruined Spanish economy. Not very much changed. The final chapter briefly addresses that, but it seems to counter much of the thrust of the argument of the book. Such is life, I suppose.

Limited Recommendation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense for our times 22 July 2013
By Malvin - Published on Amazon.com
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"Declaration" by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri is an empowering political manifesto. Distilling ideas from their prior collaborations into a much more compact and readable format, the authors have in effect articulated a new Common Sense for our times. This excellent pamphlet succeeds in its mission to educate and inspire us to join the 21st century democracy struggle.

Hardt and Negri note the changes that have transpired since their widely influential books Empire and Multitude were published. From the anti-globalization protests of the late 1990s and early 2000s, people today have chosen to resist neoliberalism by occupying the commons. Since the momentous Arab Spring, these protests have been tied to the unique struggles of their local communities but are united in their appeals for greater inclusion and participation by the people in decision making processes.

In true post-Marxist fashion, Hardt and Negri intend to demonstrate how capitalism has prepared the masses for revolution. The authors contend that neoliberalism has indebted, mediated, securitized and represented its subjects to a point of extreme alienation. However, people can reclaim power by acting in tandem as a singular constituent force. Key points of struggle must include finance, media and the surveillance/prison/military industrial complex: these powers need to be reclaimed in a way that works by and for people, not corporate profits.

Hardt and Negri propose a rewrite of the U.S. Constitution to help give form and substance to the demands of the oppressed. The core values enshrined in this new constitution include universal access to the commons, economic and environmental sustainability, and shared prosperity. The authors go on to discuss how revolutionary ideals are communicated, examples of how participatory democracy has worked in real life, how citizen-centric judiciary systems might be structured, and related topics. Through the author's thoughtful analysis and reflection, we see how the dream of a better world can become reality, if we want it.

I highly recommend this important book to everyone.
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