No Selves to Abolish: Afropessimism, Anti-politics, and the End of the World

K. Aarons

This text attempts to show that afropessimist theory is not simply at odds with, but in fact hostile to identity and privilege politics, whether Black or non-Black. Having extracted the afropessimist position from the politics of symbolic valorization or integration, the author argues that its deeper affinity is with those tendencies of anarchist, communist, and queer thought in which revolutionary practice tends to be understood as the immediate self-abolition of the existing conditions that produce our identities. It concludes with a series of preliminary practical proposals placing what has so far gone by the name “solidarity” on a different footing.

”We must call into question the entire framework of expropriation in the widest sense of the term: the expropriation of once-possessed land, of culture, of relational capacity and of labor from the hands of the State and the capitalist, patriarchal class. We must no longer envision the remedy for suffering as entailing the recovery of a lost wholeness, entitlement or plenitude of which one is presently deprived.”