Patriotism, or love of nation/race, is an example of the corruption of the natural trajectory of love towards freedom. Such patriotic love attempts to push aside difference and multiplicity to form a united national people and a national identity, in turn bringing into being the other. From this perspective populisms, nationalisms, fascisms, and religious fundamentalisms are not so much based on hatred, as would commonly be claimed, but on (a corrupted form of) love.
It has now become common for right wing fascist hate groups to rebrand themselves as organisations of love, claiming to act out of love for their own kind and for the nation, rather than out of hatred for strangers and others. We can see in contemporary politics globally how such an appropriation of love as a justification for hate can (and frequently does) frame those who oppose such groups (such as anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-war activists) as working against the nation, and subsequently against love.
How do we respond to such ‘corruptions’ of love?
Can a revolutionary love act as a counter-power to the current rise of far-right xenophobic nationalism and authoritarianism?
How do we reclaim love as a revolutionary force in service to the common, and in pursuit of freedom?