Marx, Albright, Blair & Gates

When the jacket blurb tells you that the book before you "basically combines a kojevian notion of global market as post-history (in this sense akin to Fukuyama's eschatology) with a Foucauldian and Deleuzian notion of bio-politics (in this sense crossing the road of a Sloterdijk who also poses the question of a coming techniques of the production of the human species)," you can be excused for dreading the task of reading it.

As it happens, going through almost 500 pages of Hardt's and Negri's often ponderous prose proved to be a rewarding, even eye-opening experience. It confirmed what I had always suspected: that there can be no alliance that goes "beyond the left and right in resisting the globalist imperialism that seeks to destroy our culture, our history, our identity, and ultimately our humanity. With brutal frankness, the authors, intelligent and ruthless men of the left, allow that Empire is "bad" in its present form—violent, driven by the greed and hubris of the ruling elite—but they reject resistance based on an affirmation of human nature, family, nation, or any other form of traditional community. On the contrary, they want to channel the "enabling" potential of Empire into a postpostmodern world of their own liking. Ultimately, Empire is "bad" because it is not currently run by the likes of Hardt and Negri—but it must not be fought, lest that pleasing...

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