Imagining New Worlds: Revolutionary Love and Radical Social Transformation in the 21st Century

In this second article to emerge from the love and AlterGlobalisation research project, Matt York builds upon his previous work and links theory to praxis by introducing the ongoing Collective Visioning project which illuminates a new post-capitalist, post-patriarchal, post-colonial, and post-anthropocentric synergetic politics grounded in revolutionary love.

Revolutionary Love and AlterGlobalisation: Towards a New Development Ethic

In this first article to emerge from the love and AlterGlobalisation research project - Matt York positions love as a key concept in political theory/philosophy and for performing a central role in the revolutionary transformation of contemporary global capitalism.

Love, anger and social transformation

Rhiannon Colvin argues that the politics of the future must embrace all that makes us human: our anger, our pain, our joy and our love.

For Love or Money

In this article, Michael Hardt proposes that putting love and money in relation can reveal the power to create and maintain social bonds that is proper to money and can (and perhaps should) be also the vocation of love. He argues that posing love in relation to the power of money can help us construct a properly political concept of love.


By Dr. Lauren Berlant: "The anxiety to define - a key feature of being in proximity to all magnetic ideas - especially cleaves to love, and so the conversion of a love into a properly political concept must induce attention to what to do with the baggage the term ports with it: in this case, quite a huge dustball!"

On the Risk of a New Relationality

In May 2011, Heather Davis and Paige Sarlin sat down with Lauren Berlant and Michael Hardt to ask them about their use of love as a political concept. They each use the idiom of love to disrupt political discourse, as a means of thinking through non-sovereign social and subjective formations. Love, for both these thinkers, is transformative, a site for a collective becoming-different, that can help to inform alternate social imaginaries. But their notions about how this happens diverge!

Love and Revolution

Sean Chabot’s article sketches the social and personal contexts of alienation, indicating that in today’s capitalist world genuine love is revolutionary in itself. It specifies what love means, what types of love exist, and what revolutionary love implies in theory and practice. The conclusion discusses how potential revolutionaries might benefit from such interpretations of love and revolution.

Marriage and Love

In this famous article, Emma Goldman analysed the institution of marriage, examining it in economic, power, and sexual relations, and ultimately proposing love to be a revolutionary political force.

Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm

More than a political philosophy or policy agenda, David Bollier describes the commons as an active, living process. It is less a noun than a verb because it is primarily about the social practices of commoning - acts of mutual support, conflict negotiation, communication and experimentation that are needed to create systems to manage shared resources.

The Power to be Affected

Michael Hardt draws on the work of Lauren Berlant and Baruch Spinoza and how they both maintain that our ethical and political projects must be formulated and conducted on the terrain of the affects. He argues that key to both projects is to recongize our power to be affected as not a weakness but a strength and to realize, without regret, that we are nonsovereign subjects. Hardt concludes that only by working through the affects can we proceed on a path to liberation and joy.

Love-infused development

Duncan Macqueen wrote this paper as a discourse on love-infused development, with a particular focus on forests (though by no means applicable only to them). The hope was that it might lighten the gloom that had crept into the development community in the wake of international events at the time such as the Copenhagen COP and Rio+20.

Cultivating Community Economies: Tools for Building a Liveable World

The Community Economies Collective (CEC) seeks to bring about more sustainable and equitable forms of development by acting on new ways of thinking about economies and politics. Building on J.K. Gibson-Graham’s feminist critique of political economy, the CEC challenges two problematic aspects of how “the economy” is understood: seeing it as inevitably capitalist, and separating the economy from ecology.

Affective Equality: Love Matters

Sara Cantillon and Kathleen Lynch argue that it is impossible to have gender justice without relational justice in loving and caring. Moreover, if love is to thrive as a valued social practice, public policies need to be directed by norms of love, care, and solidarity rather than norms of capital accumulation.

Building a Cooperative Solidarity Commonwealth

Jessica Gordon Nembhard argues that the next system that we need, and that hopefully we are moving toward, is a cooperative commonwealth within interlocking local solidarity economies. Such a system is created from the bottom up, building upon multiple grassroots cooperative enterprises, and democratic community-based economic practices. These networks collaborate and federate from the local to municipal, regional, national, and international levels.

Love as a radical force in politics

Max Harris, a fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, discusses how politics is inescapably emotional. Political ideas – such as freedom or equality – are often talked about as if they’re dry concepts, sandpapered down in a seminar room or a theoretical conversation. But political ideas involve feeling!

Utopia in Sheffield? We have to start somewhere!

Darren Webb: Utopian thinking has largely been the preserve of the privileged, and utopianism could be described as a bourgeois genre of writing. But what if we embarked on a collective endeavour to imagine and construct grassroots utopias?

The Politics of Love

In this article, Max Harris and Philip McKibbin sketch a politics of love, in the spirit of finding a politics grounded in everyday values. Love itself might be understood as a value, but they think it can also be understood as a way of determining what is valuable. They view it as underlying other everyday values that could be part of a new political vision.

Participatory Economics & the Next System

Robin Hahnel offers a vision of a participatory economy intended to demonstrate that a coherent, feasible, and desirable next economic system is perfectly possible; in short, it rebuts the “disenabling” myth that “There Is No Alternative” (TINA) to capitalism and command planning.

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