Australian Left Review

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Politics and the Pleasure Principle


Carmel Shute


It is not surprising that it was a woman - and a woman anarchist at that - who uttered the immortal words, "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution". Male socialists have never waxed lyrical about pleasure in politics or the joy we might expect after the revolution. Altruism (saving the working class) and pleasure (having a good time) are mutually incompatible, or so we're given to understand.