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The collective heart
Co- constituting free society
in Love and revolution
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Chapter 6 – ‘The collective heart: Co-constituting free society’ argues that the agency of (r)evolutionary love offers a direct (and directable) causal effect on our multiple entangled re­lations, and to the extent to which they will lead to intimate and social relations of domination or liberation. Strategically developing political praxes grounded in this love might therefore provide the basis upon which to co-constitute free society here-and-now – as an imaginative/responsive ongoing process rather than reverting to default capitalistic, patriarchal, racist or an­thropocentric modes of reproduction, and thus provide a means of sustaining such a system in the absence of domination. But (many will undoubtedly ask) how realistic can such a profound reconfiguration actually be? And the answer, somewhat unsurprisingly given the sheer scale of struggle visible today, is that there are in fact many living, vibrant examples of such societal formations across the world right now which might inspire us. The chapter first turns to the Zapatista revolution as one such example, and specifically the Indigenous concept of O’on or ‘collective heart’, examining its central role in the social reproduction of their communities and organisational structures. A critique of contemporary international relations theory and its reification of the state as sole political actor follows, and finally a second example is explored – of the extraordinary experiment in horizontal participatory democracy taking place in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.

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Love and revolution

A politics for the deep commons


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