The Politics of Love

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This website is devoted to the Politics of Love. You’ll find articles and interviews exploring this vision of politics.


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What is the Politics of Love?

by Philip McKibbin

The Politics of Love is a radical vision of politics.

It engages feeling, thought, and action to create better communities.

Politics is a dimension of ethics; it concerns how we live together. Love is a way of relating: to ourselves, each other, non-human animals, and the natural environment. It involves care, concern, and commitment – and it requires work.

This vision of politics celebrates love. It upholds critical commitments to mutuality, radical equality, non-violence, inclusion, and philosophical honesty; and it affirms loving values – such as compassion, responsibility, and trust – which can guide action and inform policy.

The Politics of Love has precedents in the everyday acts of kindness we show one another; our interpersonal relationships; as well as Indigenous struggle, and feminist, civil rights, and LGBTQI+ movement. Love resists oppression – and so, the Politics of Love is anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-capitalist, and opposed to all forms of domination, including domination of non-human animals and the natural environment. It insists that everyone belongs and all of us have worth.

The Politics of Love can be thought of as a round space, within which we gather with our diverse knowledges and histories, to debate and deliberate. It is from here that we act.

With love, we will transform our world.


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Philip McKibbin

About the editor

Philip McKibbin is a writer from Aotearoa New Zealand, of Pākehā (NZ European) and Māori (Ngāi Tahu) descent. His book Love Notes: for a Politics of Love is published by Lantern. He co-organised ‘The Politics of Love: A Conference’ at All Souls College, Oxford. www.philip-mckibbin.com

Michika Hatano

About the artist

Michika Hatano is an artist from Japan. She has worked as a graphic designer, and she started to get involved in animal rights activism in 2018. She produces artwork for anti-oppressive movements. www.instagram.com/potatelier