Book Review: Declaration by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

Declaration by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

*One Star* or C- (For keeping the “Declaration” short).

All this Pamphlet (or Manifesto) does is rehash the theories of their previous books–especially Empire (2000) and Multitude (2004)–and interprets the Arab Spring (and Occupy Movements)from that perspective. The pamphlet also ends with a prophecy and a vision of the new world to come–if we follow the path the authors recommend–when everyone will be happy. ***Yawn***

As for this vision of a future Utopia/Paradise, talk about plagiarizing Karl Marx who in turn quite possibly borrowed the theme from the Biblical book of Revelation. But hey, people like a happy ending with lots of bright promises, right?

Hardt and Negri are blinded by prejudices and manufacture truth as it suits them. For example, they enthisiastically trash the Catholic Church as an organization that oppresses and exploits people, but in their tomes they have nothing to say about Liberation Theology, a powerful social justice movement that grew out of Latin American Catholicism.

Unfortunately, the world and its problems are much more complex and can neither be explained nor solved by the authors’ Newest New Left ideas.

By the way, how interesting that Hardt and Negri chose to publish their pamphlet through Amazon. I love Amazon. But, as per the authors’ theories, isn’t Amazon the kind of high-tech multinational corporate giant that puts the little people, small publishers and printers out of business?

Couldn’t Hardt and Negri make the pdf of their pamphlet, Declaration, available through a website, preferably free? But no, they’re more than happy to shake hands with Capitalism if they can mint some money.

What’s the title of their next book, Hypocrisy?

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4 Responses to Book Review: Declaration by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

  1. Louisa says:

    Famous Rajiv!

  2. leyla says:

    Good on then what happens at the end

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