Radicalism is a completion of love. Systems of control and violence depend on breaking the bonds of love for reasons that serve the powerful and no one else. Love demands we fight back against these commands to fear, measure, and control, so we can more fully love our fellow beings and ourselves.

And no, this isn't about letting people get away with harmful shit because "love." Indulgence, in the old sense of selling unearned forgiveness, is not love for the indulged. Love asks tough questions and has the uncomfortable talks, love doesn't turn its back on the machinery of violence, love believes in and respects everyone's capacity to do better. Love fights and never stops fighting.

@ljwrites I'm always interested in how people define "love", especially in a context of political philosophy. It often feels like the term is so very polysemic that it hardly has a clear meaning anymore. Even in Greek antiquity, there were three different concepts that are usually just translated as "love". So I never really know what to make of it.

@brisling I didn't necessarily intend it to be a term of political philosophy, and I don't think love can be precisely defined for all situations either. I think the act of claiming it, pushing back against violent uses of it, and living by it do as much or more to clarify it as precise definitions.

@ljwrites I like that performative approach. Love as something one does rather than a closed category. Somewhat like the progressive approach to gender.

@brisling yup, and kudos for using "performative" in the original sense, I haven't seen that on social media in forever xD

@ljwrites @brisling i think in western political philosophy ideals of love get relegated to moral philosophy, which are then coded and systematised (thank you christianity/deontology)

and like what you were saying above, moral understandings are also performative - there should be no absolute rules of right and wrong, rather contextual moment-to-moment attempts to relate and interpret empathically

@ljwrites when I was a kid, I always viewed coupled love as a tool of the system. Because the normative marriage breeds complacency.

But now, a quarter of a decade later, I find that power has twisted the meaning of love, and controlled how it's allowed to be expressed.

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