Refusal to work

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Jun 28 18:56:46 MDT 2001

I am finally getting into the part of Hardt-Negri's "Empire" that deals
with the "refusal to work". At first I thought it had something to do with
general strikes. Silly me. It is rather about "dropping out", taking acid,
living on communes in Vermont, etc. Here's my musings on the topic just
sent off to the "Empire" reading group.

On p. 274 of "Empire", "refusal to work" is explained in fulsome detail. It
means dropping out, Haight-Ashbury, LSD, etc. My goodness gracious. If only
Michael Hardt had tried to sell a revolutionary socialist to these people,
he could never have written this stuff. I suppose he was in nursery school
then, so it is a moot point. Meanwhile, Negri was running around with the
Italian version of our SDS'ers having a good time breaking rules. Why did I
have to get involved with the stodgy Trotskyist movement that organized
mass demonstrations against the war in Vietnam? I know. It prepared me for
the day when I would be summoned by the great beckoning finger of history
to answer "Empire".

Louis Proyect
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