Political Affinity and Singular-Universal Solidarity

Thomas Nail

in Returning to Revolution

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748655861
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676651 | DOI:
Political Affinity and Singular-Universal Solidarity

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Chapter 4 draws on all the previous chapters in order to argue that we can locate in Deleuze, Guattari and the Zapatistas a strategy of revolutionary political affinity based on the mutual global solidarity of such participatory political bodies. Revolutionary political affinity, I argue, is not simply a matter of integrating marginalised demands back into the dominant territorial-nation-state apparatus based on modifying specific criteria for citizenship or aiding those who need help. Nor is it a matter of recognising the universal singularity of all beings to become other than they are. Rather, revolutionary political affinity is a matter of solidarity: when revolutionary political bodies, namely those who remain unrepresented or excluded from dominant forms of political affinity, find in each other, one by one, the transuniversality and mutual aid of each other's singular struggles. Singular-universal solidarity is thus not a matter of recognition, charity or even radical difference, but rather a mutually federated difference or ‘contingent holism’ of heterogeneous singular-universal events in worldwide struggle.

Keywords: Solidarity; Singular-Universal; Encuentros; Nomadism

Chapter.  11072 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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