Tom_Gray on Tue, 31 Jul 2001 00:47:49 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> empire pdf (pdf empire)

From:  Tom Gray@MITEL on 07/30/2001 01:08 PM writes:
         "There has been a continuous movement throughout the modern
         period to privatize public property. [...] [T]he immanent
         relation between the public and the common is replaced by the
         transcendent power of private property. [...] The concept of
         private property itself, understood as the exclusive right to
         use a good and dispose of all wealth that derives from the
         possession of it, becomes increasingly nonsensical in this new
         situation. [...] The conceptual crisis of private property does
         not become a crisis in practice, and instead the regime of
         private expropriation has tended to be applied universally.
         [...] Private property, despite its juridical powers, cannot
         help becoming an ever more abstract and transcendental concept
         and thus ever more detatched from reality."

         (Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire, p. 300-302)

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Or in the words of Abby Hoffman 'Steal This Book.'

On the other hand, I do not understand the conflating of 'public' and common'.
Does this mean that I am free to walk into the National Gallery here to freely
acquire the Tintoretto portrait of an old man that I have admired and found
deeply moving for years.  Or does it mean that the analysis given in the
quotation is shallow, ill-thogut-out and essentailly meaningless.



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