Solidarity is unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards
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- This solidarity can grow only in inverse ratio to personality.... Solidarity which comes from likenesses is at its maximum when the collective conscience completely envelops our whole conscience and coincides in all points with it.... when this solidarity exercises its force, our personality vanishes, as our definition permits us to say, for we are no longer ourselves, but the collective life.
- Émile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society (Translated by George Simpson), The Free Press, 1947
- Solidarity is not a matter of altruism. Solidarity comes from the inability to tolerate the affront to our own integrity of passive or active collaboration in the oppression of others, and from the deep recognition of our most expansive self-interest. From the recognition that, like it or not, our liberation is bound up with that of every other being on the planet, and that politically, spiritually, in our heart of hearts we know anything else is unaffordable.
- Aurora Levins Morales, Medicine Stories, 1998, Boston: South End Press.