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On Love – Alain de Botton
January 31, 2011, 12:13 am
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Politics seems an incongruous field to link to love, but can we not read, in the bloodstained histories of the French, Fascist or Communist revolutions, something of the same coercive structure, the same impatience with diverging views fueled by passionate ideals? Amorous politics begins its infamous history with the French Revolution, when it was first proposed (with all the choice of a rape) that the state would not just govern but also love its citizens, who would respond likewise or face the guillotine. The beginning of revolution is strikingly akin psychologically to that of certain relationships: the stress on unity, the sense of omnipotence, the desire to eliminate secrets (with the fear of the opposite soon leading to lover’s paranoia and the creation of a secret police).

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