The task of the Left now is to stake out opportunities for radical thought and action in the essentially hopeless conditions of the present. And to frame this struggle not as a reaction to the traumatic rise of the populous Right but within the context of present suffering where domination, cruelty and inhumanity repeat and reinforce each other. Ours is a revolt motivated by restless despair that never lets go of hope, its estranged other. Unlike the blinding hope of salvation, our hope has a shape and texture, an intimacy and embodiment, an earthiness in the flow of life process. An ever-present hope that exceeds the limits of reason alone without becoming irrational, where the impossible becomes possible and makes us free.