Complex, ambitious, disquieting, and ultimately hopeful, Multitude
is the work of a couple of writers and thinkers who dare to address the great issues of our time from a truly alternative perspective. The sequel to 2001's equally bold and demanding Empire
continues in the vein of the earlier tome. Where Empire
's central premise was that the time of nation-state power grabs was passing as a new global order made up of "a new form of sovereignty" consisting of corporations, global-wide institutions, and other command centers is in ascendancy, Multitude
focuses on the masses within the empire, except that, where academics Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri are concerned, this body is defined by its diversity rather than its commonalities. The challenge for the multitude in this new era is "for the social multiplicity to manage to communicate and act in common while remaining internally different." Empire
isn't breezy reading, but for those aren't afraid of diving into a knotty philosophical and political discourse of uncommon breadth, Multitude
offers many rewards. --Steven Stolder, Amazon.com
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
With their international bestseller, Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri established themselves as visionary theoreticians of the new global order. Michael Hardt is a professor at Duke University. Antonio Negri is an independent researcher and writer. He lives in Rome, where for two years he was under house arrest for his political beliefs.