Assembly: Michael Hardt

Book Talk with Michael Hardt, Author of Assembly. With the rise of right-wing political parties in many countries, the question of how we organize democratically and effectively has become increasingly urgent.

Location
Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse
Instructor
BaltimoreFreeSchool
Part of
September Workshops
Sessions
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 7:30 - 9:30 PM
 
 

With the rise of right-wing political parties in many countries, the question of how to organize democratically and effectively has become increasingly urgent. Although today's leaderless political organizations are not sufficient, a return to traditional, centralized forms of political leadership is neither desirable nor possible. Instead, as Hardt and Negri argue, familiar roles must be reversed: leaders should be responsible for short-term, tactical action, but it is the multitude that must drive strategy. In other words, if these new social movements are to achieve meaningful revolution, they must invent effective modes of assembly and decision-making structures that rely on the broadest democratic base. In the present moment, the call to radically rethink the politics of assembly is a welcome invitation. Don't miss this important conversation!