Antonio “Toni” Negri – Italy

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Antonio (”Toni”) Negri (born August 1, 1933) is an Italian Marxist political philosopher. Negri is perhaps best-known for his co-authorship of Empire and his work on Spinoza. Born in Padua, he became a political philosophy professor in his hometown university. Negri founded Potere Operaio (Worker Power) group in 1969 and was a leading member of the Autonomia Operaia. Accused in the late 1970s of various charges including being the mastermind of the Red Brigades (BR), involved in the May 1978 assassination of Aldo Moro leader of the Christian-Democrat Party, among others, Negri was later cleared of any links with the BR. He was, however, sentenced to a long-term prison sentence on controversial charges of “association and insurrection against the state.” Negri went to France and taught at the Université de Vincennes (Paris-VIII) and the Collège International de Philosophie, along with Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. In 1997, he voluntarily returned to Italy to serve the end of his sentence. He now lives between Venice and Paris with his partner, the french philosopher Judith Revel … (full text).

His book: EMPIRE, downloadable in pdf, 2000, 496 pages.


Antonio “Toni” Negri – Italy

Video: Antonio Negri: A Revolt That Never Ends, in english, and french and italian english translated /english subtitled, 52.35 min, Nov 23, 2007. (Same – short vision, 9.59 min).

His Political thought and writings.

He says: … “it is indeed necessary to recognize as a fact the emergence of the B.R. [Red Brigades] and NAP [Armed Proletariat Nuclei] as the tip of the iceberg of the Movement. This does not require one in any way to transform the recognition into a defense, and this does not in any way deny the grave mistake of the B.R. line. At one point I defined the B.R. as a variable of the movement gone crazy … I state again that terrorism can only be fought through an authentic mass political struggle and inside the revolutionary movement”. (quotes).

He says also: “Prison, with its daily rhythm, with the transfer and the defense, does not leave any time; prison dissolves time: This is the principal form of punishment in a capitalist society”. (quotes).

… In their project Empire (notable as an academic and trade success), Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri examine the loss of political borders. The permeability of our own country on September 11 is evidence that national borders are ill protected, ill conceived, and increasingly less relevant in the world today. This is in part, why American’s harbor such fear over the border with Mexico. What this all means is that the next President will be forced to confront the War from a different worldview then President Bush. It requires recognition that the War on Terror cannot be fought from border to border and country to country. Each candidate has already offered ample evidence of how they would prosecute the war … (full text, September 22, 2008).

Negri-Resources at generation online.

Kaum ein europäischer Denker hat so viel Bewunderung und Widerspruch hervorgerufen wie der 75jährige Antonio Negri. Er war Professor für Philosophie, Gefangener, Flüchtling – ein Militanter, der in Italien immer wieder als Staatsfeind verunglimpft wurde. Heute ist er neben Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein und Noam Chomsky einer der Vordenker der Anti-Globalisierungsbewegung … (full text).

Anti-globalism symbol Negri cancels Japan visit, visa problem cited, 2008-3-20.

V is for convoluted: Fresh from “The Matrix” trilogy, the Wachowski brothers wrote the script for the movie version of the novel “V for Vendetta,” and it’s a convoluted mess, a comic-book version of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s post-Marxist manifesto “Empire.” Still, even with a shaved head Natalie Portman is fetching. It’s at 7 p.m. Saturday on FX. (daily herald).

‘A positive secularism should be based not on Gandhi and Nehru but on Phule, Ambedkar and Periyar’;

About some of his writings:

Find him and his publications on Books in English by Antonio Negri; Articles by Antonio Negri;
Books on Negri; on Google Video-search; on inauthor Google-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.


… In place of vexing ambiguities and incomprehensibilities, Hlynur Hallsson’s work presents a written challenge to post-capitalist imperialism like the Iraq war – which, as Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt pointed out in their anti-globalization primer Empire, has allegedly become a mere police action no longer requiring UN approval … (full text, 08/09/2008).

… However, the most controversial arrest in the recent antiterrorism campaign has been that of Antonio (Toni) Negri, forty-six-year-old political science professor at the University of Padua, visiting lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and self-proclaimed Marxist revolutionary. On April 7, to the surprise of everyone, he was jailed and charged with directing the Red Brigades, master-minding the kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, and plotting the overthrow of the government. With the seizure of Negri and a dozen of his colleagues at Padua, the police say they have put their hands on the Strategic Directory of the Red Brigades … (full text).

Mot Imperiet och Herrarna: Antonio Negri och Michael Hardt är två “ikoner” för den globala rättviserörelsen. Nu medverkar de vid European Social Forum i Malmö, där Mikael Löfgren träffade dem för ett samtal … (full text).

The last few years have not been kind to Antonio Negri. Empire,1 his most famous book, produced in collaboration with Michael Hardt, heralded the death of imperialism. The authors claimed that the old logic of warring nation-states had been replaced by a de-territorialised Empire, functioning according to a new global logic of rule. The ink had barely dried before the events of 11 September 2001 and the beginning of a new cycle of imperialist wars. By the time their second major collaboration, Multitude,2 was published in 2004 the authors were forced to find a place for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq within their theory … (full text).

Finalmente, la concepción de Antonio Negri sobre la hegemonía del trabajo inmaterial y la de los teóricos de la postmodernidad – cualquiera sea la “sustancia” por la que llegaron a ella – , parte del presupuesto de que la sociedad mundial habita ya ese mundo de la libertad, en el que la determinación por la naturaleza (la necesidad) ha pasado a segundo plano y está presupuesta: la desaparición del objeto bajo el tsunami de la intersubjetividad … (full text).

Barbarians by Crisso and Odoteo is a text of some importance for anarchists and anyone else who sincerely desires the destruction of this social world of exploitation and domination. It presents a devastating critique of a book that has become one of the most significant theoretical influences on a major part of the so-called anti-globalization movement, Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. When one reads these two texts together, two opposing ways of using language are exposed. Hardt and Negri use a language that is obviously meant to conceal at least as much as it reveals, and that should immediately tip one off to the recuperative nature of their text. Crisso and Odoteo, on the contrary, use direct language as sharp as a barbarian’s sword to cut through the murky web of Hardt’s and Negri’s postmodern doublespeak to reveal the essentially anti-revolutionary core of their perspective … (full text).

Michael Hardt über USA und Finanzkrise – “Sargnagel für Großmachtfantasien”: Der Kapitalismus steckt mit dem Bankencrash in der Krise. Bereits vor acht Jahren sprach der Sozialtheoretiker Hardt von der Neuverteilung der Macht. Die Zeiten des nationalstaatlichen Imperialismus sind vorbei … (full text).

And he says: … “AN: Just yesterday, during a convention in Cambridge4, I was arguing that the term ‘revolution’ could be changed. Ultimately, it is a term that is only two hundred years old. Still in the sixteenth century, when one talked about the revolution, one was referring to the revolution of the celestial bodies around the earth, the concept of revolution had not yet permeated the social language. At the time, the term reform was in use. The reform of social life was linked to religion and it ultimately sparked off the great revolution of the time, the Reformation. Hence, I would not be scandalized if we were to modify our terminology regarding the concept of revolution, the revolutionary phenomena and that of communist desires. Nevertheless, a fundamental issue persists, which is the relationship between poverty and love, a theme that is very dear to me from a philosophical point of view. Poverty intended as a condition in which man is born in and from which he needs to be protected by an act of love, by a social act. Man does not reach adulthood – namely, he does not escape poverty – unless he is surrounded by this permeating sociality, which is linguistic to start with, to then become physical and corporeal in the fullest sense of the word. If this is what we mean by Communism, then certainly Communism is not a political programme but rather an ontological tendency. And that is why we are closer to it today, considering as we do the dimension of freedom, which is contingent part of the working activities of today”. (full interview text).

What exactly does Antonio Negri have to say to Iran? Politically and economically distanced from the standpoint of the US and its allies, Iran has produced its own quite singular, yet strangely familiar, take on the contemporary intersection of politics and philosophy. Leading politicians translate Kant and quote Plato; hyper-conservative mullahs look to Heidegger for anti-technological inspiration; students turn to Deleuze and Foucault for micropolitical forms of cultural resistance; Bakhtin, Benjamin and Adorno speak to others of their own uneasy modernity. After the suppression of several Marxist and Marxist-Islamist parties in the 1980s and a subsequent period of postmodern malaise among intellectuals (with Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard in ascendancy), there is now a new thirst for radical thought. Governmental reformists attempted parliamentary reorganization and the reconciliation of Islam and democracy under the shadow of Karl Popper, but this is now widely regarded as a failed project. Following a steady stream of recent philosophical visitors – Rorty, Habermas, Ricoeur – will Negri prove an appropriate guide for a country which is in Condoleeza Rice’s recent terms an ‘outpost of tyranny’, and as such most definitely outside of what America (though not Negri) understands by Empire? … full text).

The Cell – is a DVD of three video interviews with Antonio Negri: 1997 while he was in exile in Paris, 1998 in the Roman prison of Rebibbia, and 2003 after his release in Rome.


The video: The Weather Underground, (2002), Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 1.29 hour:
In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, a group of radical student activists announced its intention to overthrow the US government, by any means necessary. Former members of the Weather Underground tell how they ‘brought the war home’;

naked punch online;;

The topology of being and the geopolitics of knowledge Modernity, empire, coloniality, 28 pages;

Toni Negri in perspective;

Autonomist Marxism and the Information Society;

The Senile Dementia of Post-Marxism;

The Empire does not exist, a critique of Toni Negri’s ideas;

Book sources;

Revised Bibliography of the Works of Gilles Deleuze;

Gilles Deleuze;

Jacques Derrida;

Michel Foucault;

René Descartes;

Baruch Spinoza.

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