Empire and Imperialism: A Critical Reading of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
In 2001, the Harvard scholar Michael Hardt and the independent Italian left wing intellectual Toni Negri published a modern critique of imperialism. The book was widely criticized by left wing intellectuals who felt that the book posed unfortunate implications for political resistance to imperialism, and that it ignored both the experience and intellectual analysis of thinkers from the South. Atilio Boron is one of those. He argues that Hardt and Negri's concept of "imperialism without an address", though well intentioned, ignores most of the fundamental parameters of imperialism. The nation state, far from weakening, remains a crucial agent of capitalism, deploying a large arsenal of economic weaponry to protect and extend its position and actively promoting globalization in its own interests.
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Prologue to the Englishlanguage edition
On perspectives the limits of visibility and blind spots
Markets transnational corporations and national
Alternative visions of the empire
The nationstate and the issue of sovereignty
The unsolved mystery of the multitude
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