<div dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr"><div class="gmail_default" style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif">Craig and Eric, I think this discussion is pulling in some interesting directions. However, s</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif">adly, the demands of the day are pulling me away... So, I just wanted to propose a few questions that are </span><span style="font-size:11pt">hopefully</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif"> not too </span><span style="font-size:11pt">pontifical?</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif"> </span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif">Without getting too circular, I wonder if by making strange the strangeness of an inherited infrastructure—lurking somewhere behind a dazzle of appearances—that props up an insulated reality of ‘blackbboxed platform capitalism’ we are not explicitly speaking of empowering those that are alien or lost in subsumption to it?</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif">Whether by design or some manner of monstrous unwitting kludge it would be difficult to discount the idea that there is some form of intent verging on teleology that has shaped the networks in question, even if the vehicle of that intent is beyond individual reason as something more memetic and acephalous. What is a teleology if not a succession of acts of further and further estrangement? In moving myopically forward, there is a left behind. How might we simultaneously resist the breakneck speed of present systems (toward slow _topias) and manifest an urgent realization of equitability for all who have been cast off, neglected, buried, villainized, etc. both human and other-than-human? How do we move—each and all—collectively onward after a prolonged funnel cloud-like rampage of moving forward?</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif">While the shadows cast by those powerful entities driving toward unending growth blanket us with an apparent paucity of options: an end or exit is ultimately inevitable… but on whose terms?  Today, I awoke to a glimmer of ‘hope’ upon seeing a friend had shared a link to Out of the Woods Collective’s new publication <i>Hope Against Hope </i>was immediately drawn to their notion of ‘disaster communism’—as outlined in its synopsis:</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"> “the collective power to transform our future political horizons from the ruins and establish a climate future based in common life.</span>”</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">Fodder for coming ruderal _topia(s), I am sure.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt;line-height:normal;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;font-size:11pt;font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri Light&quot;,sans-serif;background-image:initial;background-position:initial;background-size:initial;background-repeat:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial">-Alex</span></p></div></div><div class="gmail_quote"><div dir="ltr" class="gmail_attr"><br></div></div></div>