RETHINKING MARXISM Volume 13, Number 3/4 (Fall/Winter, 2001)
In this special double issue we are pleased to present a "dossier" on Empire, the widely acclaimed book by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. As many RM readers will no doubt be aware, Hardt and Negri's most recent collaborative writing project has elicited a great deal of interest around the world, having been reviewed in a wide variety of media (from left-wing journals to mainstream publications and television programs) and translated into an ever-growing number of languages. Here, for the first time, guest editor Abdul-Karim Mustapha has carefully assembled the reactions of a large and diverse group of international scholars, who engage and confront the comprehensive historical narrative and specific arguments—cultural, economic, philosophical, and political— encompassed by Empire, together with a response by Hardt and Negri.
Our hope is that this collection of novel and provocative essays will contribute to a wider discussion, among Marxists and other left-wing thinkers, of the meanings of globalization and the emergent theoretical and political moments—both challenges and opportunities—that we face. This is especially true in the aftermath of what has become known as "9-11." Due to the lead time associated with publishing a journal like RM, this issue (including the guest editor's introduction and the authors' response) was compiled and edited during the months prior to 9-11 but will only appear later in the year. In the meantime, the world has witnessed the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., as well as the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, the sharp rightward shift of the terms of political debate in the United States, antiwar mobilizations around the globe, and much, much else. We do not consider it appropriate, as an editorial board, to settle on or present a specific "position" on these events. However, we do want to provide a forum in which manifold reactions to and interpretations of the conditions and consequences of 9-11 can be shown to emerge from or be brought into dialogue with the Marxian tradition.
Richard Wolff, the new Remarx editor, is compiling a series of essays on the events of 9-11, which (along with full-length articles, artwork, and reviews) will appear in future issues of RM. We want to take this opportunity to thank Rick for assuming this new role, and to publicly acknowledge and extend our gratitude to Rob Garnett and Antonio Callari who, after long service, have decided to step down from the board. Rob has worn many hats over the years, including those of Reviews and Remarx editors. Antonio, for his part, coedited the special issue on Althusser (volume 10, number 3, fall 1998), contributed reviews and translations of articles too numerous to mention, and was one of the principle organizers of the international gala conferences sponsored by RM. Both Rob and Antonio will be sorely missed.
But our work goes on, and plans for the next large-scale, international conference are already underway. It is scheduled for early November 2003 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Additional information about the upcoming conference, as well as news about previous conferences and other material of interest to RM readers, can be found on our web site: www.nd.edu/~remarx.