Books: The Multitude Strikes Back

The authors of Empire, the It book of postmodern philosophy, have a new plan to save the world

Four years ago, A Duke professor named Michael Hardt and an Italian academic named Antonio Negri noticed that the world was changing in weird and radical ways. It was becoming globalized and wired and networked, and Hardt and Negri surmised, not unreasonably, that a weird and radically new political theory was needed to describe it, one that engaged on a global scale. They sketched one out in a book called Empire, and it was a huge hit--The Corrections of the academic season. If you hadn't read it, you pretended you had.

In Empire, Hardt and Negri described a world in...

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