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Whereas most—notably Hannah Arendt—draw Sorel and Fanon together with the goal of rejecting both, this chapter begins from the opposite gesture. Despite Jean-Paul Sartre’s terse dismissal of Sorel’s “fascist utterances,” Fanon’s formulation of violence and revolutionary dialectics shares much with his predecessor. In the French context, Fanon phenomenologically tracks his own racialization and objectification, an institutionalized form of unreason. With no other choices, Fanon opts for Black identity—in the radically explosive form of self-assertion. Fanon centers this explosion within a reformulated and decolonized Hegelian master-slave dialectic that, due to the existence of a “zone of nonbeing” populated by less-than-humans, lacked...

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