Last night, I read Chapter 8, “Everything is Not Connected,” in Graham Harman’s reacent book, Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism.  I’m a fan of OOO (Object Oriented Ontology) and appreciate Harman’s writing.  This chapter offers useful perspective on Harman’s insistence that objects withdraw–his anti-holism, as it were. I think that “anti” is appropriate with Harman, as he is rather oppositional, though in a very friendly (yet quite assertive) way. He makes sweeping over-generalizations and broad claims concerning interconnectedness, asserting (with no evidence or proof) that our age is one of interconnectedness, claiming that things are interconnected. I believe, though, that we still live in a rational era of hyper-individualism, where most humans (particularly those of us with eurocentric educations) over-rely on their eyesight, touch, and so on and therefore assume that the world is divided into segments with clearly demarcated lines. And what about the social identity categories that divide people into groups based on (at least sometimes) arbitrary characteristics? These status-quo stories of division and hyper-individualism seem much more popular (and unthinkingly assumed) than the radical interconnectivity described by Thich Nhat Hahn, the intra-connectivity asserted by Karen Barad, he metaphysics and ontology of interconnectedness I posit in Teaching Transformation and Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change, or any of the other forms radical interconnectivity might take.