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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.
The Politics of Love is possible. But it won’t just happen. Love is a journey that each of us must embark on and all of us must share in.Read more…
We think it’s time to embrace the term ‘animal lover’. We want to transform the label, and infuse its meaning with a commitment to animal rights.Read more…
New definitions and models of justice are needed.Read more…
In this interview for SAFE’s ‘Animal Matters’ podcast, Philip McKibbin discusses the Politics of Love and its implications for non-human animals.Read more…
The Politics of Love asks us what we will do now, for love, to make our world a better place for all of those who share it.Read more…
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
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