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I enjoy the story that this text opens with. Cutting down trees to bake bread is such a perfect encapsulation of human arrogance and the colonial civic mindset. This gaze looks into the forest and does not see the beautiful and wild and free, but instead seeing a resource to be consumed, a "conquest of bread", if you will. It shouldn't be too surprising that to the citizens of the empire, a reciprocal relationship embedded with ecology, looks backwards or inefficient, or even looks like death (you ecofascist!). If people are busy providing for themselves and each other there is no time for empire, and the citizen ceases to be.