Beautiful Monsters: On Love and Democracy

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Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri propose love as a fundamental political concept for global democracy. In this essay, I articulate Hardt and Negri‘s phenomenology and rhetoric of global transformation. The conditions for revolutionary forms of democracy and global life require what we might call a ―rhetoric of monstrosity‖ to disfigure and destabilize hegemonic forms of control such as identity, family, property, the people, and the nation state. Love is presented as a key concept of this rhetoric of monstrosity, one that produces new forms of biopolitics. I take up the concepts of love and monstrosity in a performative register in terms of singularity, exodus, trust, and dissensus.

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Peace Studies Journal, v. 6, issue 2, p. 68-73