By Giovanni Arrighi, Charles Tilly, Stanley Aronowitz, Leo Panitch, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Alex Callinicos, Sam Gindin, Malcolm Bull, Timothy Brennan, Tom Mertes, Michael Rustin, Sanjay Seth, Gopal Balakrishnan
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s ebook Empire has been hailed as a latter day Communist Manifesto. Its skill to enhance a theoretical framework appropriate to the present interval of world neo-liberalism and overseas capitalism captured the mind's eye of the becoming anti-capitalist circulate and has been claimed as a turning aspect for the left.
As a lot because it has seduced and extremely joyful a few, notwithstanding, it has enraged and annoyed others. during this assortment, a chain of a few of the main acute overseas theorists and commentators of our occasions topic the e-book to trenchant and probing research from political, fiscal and philosophical views, and Hardt and Negri reply to their questions and criticisms.
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Debating Empire (New Left Review Debates) by Giovanni Arrighi, Charles Tilly, Stanley Aronowitz, Leo Panitch, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Alex Callinicos, Sam Gindin, Malcolm Bull, Timothy Brennan, Tom Mertes, Michael Rustin, Sanjay Seth, Gopal Balakrishnan