Multitude was eventually one of the most discussed expressions after the publishing of Negri/Hardt’s empire (pdf). A recent arte report (french, german), report on Negri with large excerpts of interviews points out a future publication this autumn titled multitude as the continuation of empire.
The following is a short excerpted passage from an interview he gave in 1998:
To the extent that social classes as such are falling apart, the possibility of the self-organizational concentration of a social class also disappears. Therefore we find ourselves faced again with a set of individuals, but this multitude has become something profoundly different. It has become a multitude that, as we have seen, is an intellectual grouping. It is a multitude that can no longer be called rabble or mob. It is a rich multitude… more
On Negri by Michel Hardt
Negri and other translations at gerneration online
Update (12:31 AM august 02 2004): I just found … Steven Shaviro already has a