By (author) Michael Hardt, By (author) Antonio Negri

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  • Publisher: Argo-Navis US
  • Format: Paperback | 116 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 204mm x 10mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • ISBN 10: 0786752904
  • ISBN 13: 9780786752904
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 456,422

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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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Praise for Hardt & Negri's previous books: "Hardt and Negri are an extraordinarily rare breed: political theorists who actually believe in people, and their power and wisdom to govern themselves. The result is an inspiring marriage of realism and idealism." Naomi Klien, author of No Logo "The collaboration between American literary theorist and Italian political philosopher has produced a strange and graceful work, of rare imaginative drive and richness of intellectural reference." New Left Review "[Hardt and Negri's] objective, prudently, is to suggest that social revolution is still eminently possible, and that even in this dark time, the left has every reason to be optimistic." In These Times