Forwarded from Patrick Bond

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Dec 10 06:52:05 MST 2002


(Like the NYT and Time magazine, this ultra-establishment Business Day
reporter knows how to review Empire: "The interesting part of the book
is the argument that the US is neither the imperialist oppressor or
world leader.")

New world order seems to have invisible frontier

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EMPIRE, by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri(Harvard University Press, R227)

THIS is a neo-Marxist view of globalisation and the world order as an
unfolding empire.

While its conclusions may be debatable, its arguments are interesting as
an academic exercise.

By "empire" the authors say they do not mean that characterised by
"imperialism", as there is no territorial centre of power.

In its new form, "the empire" is an apparatus of rule that draws on much
in the US constitution for legitimacy and "incorporates the entire
global realm within its open, expanding frontiers". It has hybrid
identities, flexible hierarchies and different networks for commanding
the world market.

The interesting part of the book is the argument that the US is neither
the imperialist oppressor or world leader. No country, the authors say,
can form the centre of an imperialist project.

While they deal at length with what the new empire is not, they do not
present as cohesive a definition of what it is and how it is supposed to
work.

The challenge to the empire will, the authors say, come from true
militants. When and where, we are not told.

Jonathan Katzenellenbogen
Dec 10 2002 07:33:40:000AM
Business Day 1st Edition


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