The Winter is Over: Writings on Transformation Denied 1989-1995

Antonio Negri. Semiotext(e) (MIT, dist.), $16.95 (264 p) ISBN 978-1-58435-121-4
In this collection, Negri, a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist and eminent political philosopher, imparts penetrating analyses and reflections on the changing economic and political landscape. Although Negri penned these essays nearly two decades ago, the urgency of his dissent against ‘late stage capitalism' remains enduringly pertinent. One of Negri's most salient arguments contends that changing forms of resistance such as the "the metropolitan strike," which first emerged during the 1995 French transportation debacle that was co-produced by transit users and workers, speaks to a changing public. Albeit, Negri's position on ‘immaterial labor' is controversial (as well as others), his voice is indispensable when considering alternatives to the political present and future. Through his analysis of local and global politics, Negri issues a plaintive entreaty against the capitalist architecture of oppression and exploitation. His claims are bolstered by the rare pleasure of reading scholarly and insightful essays written in lucid and concise language. Negri is solicitous and incisive, and this book warrants the interest of any intelligent reader yearning for a critique of contemporary capitalism. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/05/2013
Release date: 05/01/2013
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