ANTONIO NEGRI was born in Padua in 1933. He is one of the world’s leading critics of state power and has been actively involved in political movements to transform society. In 1979, he was arrested for his alleged connection to the Red Brigades and sentenced to a term in prison. In 1983, Negri fled into political exile in France and later returned to Italy in 1997, where he voluntarily served his term and was released in 2003. Among his most important works are Empire and Multitude (both with Michael Hardt).