Empire_Michael_Hardt_Essay - Class 134 Professor Rusten The...

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Class 134 Professor Rusten The supports of Empire and our inability to resist it 3/13/08 The book Empire , written by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, is centered on the theme  that our world as we know it is controlled by a supranational force that dictates our conditions of  existence as humans.  While these two authors seem to be knowledgeable in the works of past  philosophers and quite adept in their ability to present their theories, they are continuously  vague.  Such is the lack of clarity in their writing that their main object of interest “Empire” is  never really defined in any solid sense.  Although these two writers do indeed manage to  somewhat explain to us what their idea of “Empire” might entail, the second part to their theory,  the resistance of “Empire” is explicitly mentioned as being indefinable.  Due the authors inability  to directly confront the issues at hand and offer clear explanations of their ideas, understanding  and believing the validity of their arguments becomes hard to do. Whenever the authors take a break from quoting or elaborating on historical  philosophers’ ideas and move to those of their own, they move to their discussion of “Empire”.  However, instead of confronting the topic of “Empire” head on, Hardt and Negri seem to be  content with describing it by addressing other relevant topics.  Therefore, most of their writing on 
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