(Organized by RED MAY)
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7:00 pm
Address: Elliott Bay Books, Seattle
To the MULTITUDE
EXTEND THE COMMON
EXPAND THE GENERAL INTELLECT
Join RED MAY as we welcome Michael Hardt who will present Assembly, his latest collaboration with Antonio Negri.
From the jacket blurb: “ASSEMBLY proposes how contemporary social movements can better harness power to effect lasting change; challenges the assumption that social movements must return to traditional, centralized forms of political leadership; provides a new analysis of the dominance of finance and money; advocates social unionism, or mixing labor organizing with social movements.”
“Are you ready for democracy? ”
Assembly argues: “don’t be scared to remake it.”
Michael Hardt, widely considered one of the most articulate and creative thinkers/writers on the Left these past twenty years, has done so from a base of Duke University, where he is a professor of literature. But he is also, part of the year now, calling Seattle home. With Antonio Negri, he has written a trilogy of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth; and Declaration. He is here this evening with the newest of their joint volumes, Assembly (Oxford University Press).
“Are you ready for democracy? Assembly argues: don’t be scared to remake it. Disturbing the tendency of resistance struggles to become hamstrung by a poverty of organization, Hardt and Negri throw question after question at left political habits and traditions of thought, imagining a New Prince from the multitude and new tools for self-governance. Some of their many propositions may seem questionable and some viscerally right, but all are thoughtful, potentially revelatory, fuel.” — Lauren Berlant
“A smart and in-depth examination of Marxist politics for a new century… [Assembly] is a fascinating, challenging theoretical journey into a future beyond capitalism.”–Publishers Weekly