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This chapter concludes that by repositioning ourselves ontologically in the deep commons an infinite number of worlds can be co-imagined simultaneously, realising the ‘community of free communities’ theorised by generations of anarchist scholars. It is argued that it will remain crucial that the co-constitution of free society remains an ongoing process – pluralised, open, responsive and grounded in the here-and-now. Any such utopia must remain immanent both in substance and temporality. There will be no end point, and no eventual transcendence. But more than mere abstracted theory, this final chapter argues that (r)evolutionary love has been evidenced throughout the book as a common lived/felt experience, materialising as political direct action, as long-term processes of struggle, and as a radical solidarity embedded in the deep commons. It is the experience of Hassan on the streets in Syria, of Tom at the G20 protests in Toronto, of Maria and her permaculture community in Mexico, of Angelo and his comrades occupying squares in Brazil and of Dembe and his affinity group in Kampala. It is the empathic matrix of mirror neurons described by De Waal, the experience of O’on or ‘collective heart’ that infuses social reproduction in Chiapas, and the ‘level of real love’ that Öcalan argues will be necessary for the construction of a free democratic society. (R)evolutionary love, the book concludes, offers an alternative political response to the multiple crises we now face – to turn outwards, to reconnect, and in that connection to transform ourselves and the worlds we co-create.

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Love and revolution

A politics for the deep commons


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