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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.Drawing on scenarios from around the globe and elucidating the themes that unite them, Hardt and Negri focus on the logic of institutions and the models of governance adequate to our understanding of a global commonwealth. They argue for the idea of the "common" to replace the opposition of private and public and the politics predicated on that opposition. Ultimately, they articulate the theoretical bases for what they call "governing the revolution."Though this book functions as an extension and a completion of a sustained line of Hardt and Negrirs"s thought, it also stands alone and is entirely accessible to readers who are not familiar with the previous works. It is certain to appeal to, challenge, and enrich the thinking of anyone interested in questions of politics and globalization.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Becoming-Prince of the Multitudep. vii
Republic (and the Multitude of the Poor)
Republic of Propertyp. 3
Productive Bodiesp. 22
The Multitude of the Poorp. 39
Biopolitical as Eventp. 56
Modernity (and the Landscapes of Altermodernity)
Antimodernity as Resistancep. 67
Ambivalences of Modernityp. 83
Altermodernityp. 101
Biopolitical Reasonp. 119
Capital (and the Struggles over Common Wealth)
Metamorphoses of the Composition of Capitalp. 131
Class Struggle from Crisis to Exodusp. 150
Kairos of the Multitudep. 165
Of Love Possessedp. 179
Intermezzo: A Force To Combat Evilp. 189
Empire Returns
Brief History of a Failed Coup d'Étatp. 203
After U.S. Hegemonyp. 219
Genealogy of Rebellionp. 234
Metropolisp. 249
Beyond Capital?
Terms of the Economic Transitionp. 263
What Remains of Capitalismp. 280
Pre-shocks along the Fault Linesp. 296
Cross the Threshold!p. 312
Revolutionary Parallelismp. 325
Insurrectional Intersectionsp. 345
Governing the Revolutionp. 361
Instituting Happinessp. 376
Notesp. 387
Acknowledgmentsp. 427
Indexp. 428
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