Commonwealth

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Harvard University Press, Oct 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 434 pages
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When Empire appeared in 2000, it defined the political and economic challenges of the era of globalization and, thrillingly, found in them possibilities for new and more democratic forms of social organization. Now, with Commonwealth, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri conclude the trilogy begun with Empire and continued in Multitude, proposing an ethics of freedom for living in our common world and articulating a possible constitution for our common wealth.

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An excellent analysis and more importantly a thorough, exciting, and progressive framework for moving forward. I read this a year before I ended up being one of the early organizers of Occupy Toronto - this book proceeded but fits right into the Arab Spring, Occupy, the Student uprising in Quebec, Idle No More and other movements across the globe. They also leave the revolution refreshingly open by not proclaiming one path, unlike past Marxists, and acknowledge that the position they have come to has been come to by others around the world from different starting positions and different terminology. For people from an academic Marxist background I would highly recommend this book as a starting point for a refreshing way forward. I would recommend it to everyone in fact but the one difficulty is that it is highly academic and un-accessible at parts. But I found that if you just keep reading the broad strokes are immediately clear and the finer lines come into focus upon consideration and re-visiting.  

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About the author (2009)

Michael Hardt is Professor of Literature and Italian at Duke University.

Antonio Negri is an independent researcher and writer. He has been a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Paris and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua.