Submitted by A_Lane
on June 12, 2019 at 3:04 AM in Anarchism
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I don't mean an empire, but, that is a pretty good definition. Polity can be a really useful term. Hardt and Negri parcel out the concept in their book, Empire. I capitalize it to make the distinction. I generally use Empire to mean who is meant by the infamous "them".
The definition I used is a bog-standard, freshman textbook definition. There are many other definitions of "empire" that revolve around the same basic concept, which is unitary political control and exploitation of different peoples/polities/groups. Saying that "Empire," capitalized or not, means "who is meant by the infamous 'them'" doesn't really make sense. If you want to talk about things with other people, adopting a private and poorly defined vocabulary isn't a good tactic.
Empire is the regimen of the State and Capital, and, the reticulum of political power.
That's an okay definition, but, it doesn't really adequately define the concept that they explore.
I use the term to refer to the concept developed by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri in Empire. I was just trying to explain what it meant in an admittedly overly simplified manner. I don't think the State suffices to describe what I mean by Empire. I don't think that Capital does either. It bothers me a bit that you have to read the text in order to sort out what I'm on about, but, I don't think that I've adopted a "private" vocabulary. They go on about it for 413 pages. I don't have an effective summary of the term.