Het geruchtmakende neo-communistische boek dat het neo-liberalisme van alle kanten aanvalt, en een pleidooi voert voor een radicale andere democratische toekomst. Een van de bijbels van de anti-globaliseringsbeweging?
Imagine a book that demonstrates the poverty of every principle of neoliberalism, that asserts that revolution and a radically democratic future are still on our horizon of possibility -- and that the name of this movement is still communism. The book, of course, is Empire, which follows a lifetime of militant action and political reflection on the part of the Italian philosopher Antonio Negri. In an earlier work, Communists Like Us, written with Félix Guattari, Negri and Guattari defined their mission as:
The project: to rescue "communism" from its own disrepute. Once invoked as the liberation of work through Mankind's collective creation, communism has instead stifled humanity. We who see in communism the liberation of both collective and individual possibilities must reverse that regimentation of thought and desire which terminates the individual.
In the end, Hardt and Negri have produced a manifesto of hope in EMPIRE, a work that drives away what Spinoza termed the "sad passions." Thus, it is no accident that they end their book by invoking the figure of the true militant of our time, with reference to the legend of Saint Francis of Assisi: "Once again in postmodernity we find ourselves in Francis' situation, posing against the misery of power and the joy of being. This is the revolution that no power will control -- because biopower and communism, cooperation and revolution remain together, in love, simplicity, and also innocence. This is the irrepressible lightness and joy of being communist."
--Peter Philbrook (Barnes & Noble)
Harvard University Press
504 pagina's, Paperback