Mon, 03 Feb 2003 18:50:23 GMT

Confronting Empire. Confronting Empire

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness  and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones were being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling  their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Arundhati Roy in her inimitable style speaking at Life After Capitalism at the World Social Forum, 2003, Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 27, 2003, organised by Znet. [MetaFilter]

It should be clear, though it isn't, that this is in part in regards to Negri and Hardt's book Empire, which I haven't read yet, and at the rate people keep talking about it, probably won't though I do like much of Negri's other work.