Jacques Ranciere wrote that, “Politics is not made up of power relationships, it is made up of relationships between worlds.”
To begin to speak of lived possibilities rather than power is to speak of connecting worlds that are incommensurable. The connection of such worlds is for me a chiliastic experience. Chiliasm does not wait for a better world to come, is rather an embodiment of profound presentness. Not present in that we all have a here and now, spatially and temporally, but rather the realization that within the present lies the possibility that which is inward can burst out and transform the world.
This connecting of worlds is always the work of philosophers, artists, shamans, tricksters, all creatures of sensual religions. When one world enters another we have what Felix Guattari calls “affective contamination.” And this is what Power is afraid of. As Foucault showed us with his triad of Power (sovereign, disciplinary, and bio) that the models of Power are made from fear of contamination; be it leprosy with sovereign, plague with disciplinary, or “racial impurity” with biopower. This is why talk of a social Love and revolutionary erotics is so important, for what is at stake with Love and eroticism is contamination and world-connections. When Love is combined with chiliastic energy we have a joy that gives the strength and courage to realize the impossible. What we have is a Love which is a politics of joy.