Michael Hardt "Where have all the leaders gone?"

4:30 PM  - 6:00 PM
Friday Oct 6, 2017
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

We continue to witness each year the eruption of “leaderless” social movements.  From North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, the Americas, and East Asia, movements have left journalists, political analysts, police forces, and governments disoriented and perplexed.  Activists too have struggled to understand and evaluate the power and effectiveness of horizontal movements.  Why have the movements, which express the needs and desires of so many, not been able to achieve lasting change and a more just society?  Many assume that if only social movements could find new leaders they would return to their earlier glory and be able to sustain and achieve projects of social transformation and liberation.  Where, they ask, are the new Martin Luther King Jr.s, Rudi Dutschkes, Patrice Lumumbas, and Stephen Bikos?  Where have all the leaders gone? 
In this lecture I will use examples from past theory and practice to situate and clarify some of the issues and alternatives involved in the organization of social movements today.
Michael Hardt is Professor of Literature at Duke University. He is the author of numerous books, including the Empire trilogy with Antonio Negri--Empire(2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth(2009)--as well as their most recent book Assembly (2017). 


*These lectures are made possible by generous support from the departments of Political Science and Media and Cultural Studies at Macalester College.

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