.. being on the Left is a being by nature, or rather it’s a problem of becomings, of never ceasing to become minoritarian. That is, the Left is never of the majority as Left, and for a very simple reason: the majority is something that presupposes - even when one votes — that it’s not the huge quantity that votes for something, but the majority presupposes a standard (étalon). In the West, the standard that every majority presupposes is: 1) male, 2) adult 3) heterosexual (mâle), 4) city
dweller… Ezra Pound, Joyce say things like that, it was perfect. That’s what the standard is. So, the majority by its nature, at a particular moment, will go toward whomever or whatever aggregate will realize this standard, that is, the supposed image of the urban, heterosexual, adult male such that a majority, at the limit, is never anyone, it’s an empty standard. Simply, a maximum of persons recognize themselves in this empty standard, but in itself, the standard is empty: male, heterosexual, etc.
So, women will make their mark either by intervening in this majority or in the secondary minorities according to groupings in which they are placed according to this standard. But alongside that, what is there? There are all the becomings that are minority-becomings. I mean, women, it’s not a given, they are not women by nature. Women have a becoming-woman; and so,
if women have a becoming-woman, men have a becoming-woman as well. We were talking earlier about becomings-animal. Children have their own becoming-child. They are not children by nature. All these becomings, that’s what the minorities are…
Parnet: Well, men cannot become-men, and that’s tough!
No, that’s a majoritarian standard, heterosexual, adult, male. He has no becoming. He can become woman, and then he enters into minoritarian processes. The Left is the aggregate of processes of minoritarian becomings. So, I can say quite literally, the majority is no one, the minority is everyone, and that’s what being on the Left is: knowing that the minority is everyone and that it’s there that phenomena of becomings
occur. That’s why, however great they think they are, they still have the scandal of their doubts about the outcome of elections. All that is well known.
Gilles Deleuze: From A to Z with Claire Parnet - “G as in Gauche (Left)”