Hope Against Hope Reading Group

Start: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

Climate disaster is here. Capitalism can’t fix it, not even with a Green New Deal. Our only hope against hope is disaster communism.

We are told we are living in the middle of a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions. As doomsday scenarios mount, hope collapses. Even as more and more people around the planet experience climate disaster as immediate and urgent as ever, our imagination and programs for transformation lag. The disasters are already here, and the crises, longstanding, are ongoing.

At the center of the renewed political orientation Hope Against Hope expounds upon is an abolitionist approach to border imperialism, reactionary ecology, and state violence that underpins many green solutions and modes of understanding nature. It reminds us of the frequent moments and movements of solidarity emerging in the ruins all around us. Their stunning conclusion to the disarray of politics in our seemingly end times is the urgency of creating what Out of the Woods calls “disaster communism”—the collective power to transform our future political horizons from the ruins and establish a climate future based in common life.

On Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00pm EST, we will meet to discuss the essay, The Uses of Disaster, and collaboratively plan a curriculum to discuss other selections from the book.
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