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Commonwealth (Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri)

commonwealth“War, suffering, misery, and exploitation increasingly characterize our globalizing world. There are so many reasons to seek refuge in realm ‘outside,’ some place separate from the discipline and control of today’s emerging Empire…One primary effect of globalization, however, is the creation of a common world, a world that for better or worse, we all share, a world that has no ‘outside.'”

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Empire (Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri)

empire“Empire is materializing before our very eyes. Over the past several decades, as colonial regimes were overthrown and then precipitously after the Soviet barriers to the capitalist world market finally collapsed, we have witnessed an irresistible and irreversible globalization of economic and cultural exchanges. Along with the global market and global circuits of production has emerged a global order, a new logic and structure of rule —in short, a new form of sovereignty. Empire is the political subject that effectively regulates these global exchanges, the sovereign power that governs the world.”

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Declaration (Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri)

“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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