Dispatch from 2013 Exarcheia
Now based in Minneapolis, Antidote is engaging with new struggles that echo in many ways the situation a cofounder encountered in 2013 Exarcheia. Lessons from Greece feel very relevant to people’s struggles in our new home, ten years on. Continue reading
Degrow or Die
If homo sapiens were really selfish individualists, we wouldn’t have survived a few decades. We’re not fast and strong and smooth enough to survive as loners. It’s really communication and collaboration that has allowed us to create worlds and live in them. Continue reading
Money, Divinity, and the Conflict of Enchantments
Romanticism is a crucial component of modern culture. It conveys something to us of the beyond, the divine. We are still enchanted by the natural world. We do love it. A lot of us do sense something in the beyond. Continue reading
Radical Convivial Conservation
It’s just obvious that we need to move beyond capitalism if we want to be sustainable, because there is a foundational antagonism between long term sustainability and extractive forms of human development. Continue reading
Cooking for Capitalism
Meth is an indicator of a toxic sensibility that dominates the way we live, in an embodied sense, as subjects of late capitalism. Continue reading
“There are seeds of revolution in a squat.”
This is not itself a revolution; it’s just an alternative. But an alternative economy, milieu, society, and politics is quite important for creating a revolution. Squats can be a material, solid, and enduring space for providing and creating these prefigurations of a better world. Continue reading
The basis of political life is not racial identity. It’s actually interests. It’s what people want in specific contexts and specific fights. Continue reading
Anticapitalist Feminism for Everyone
To create unity, we need to take into account our differences, and the different ways in which we are oppressed under capitalism. We need to start from these differences, and on this basis elaborate projects of liberation for everybody. Continue reading
Stopping Pipelines Is Not Abstract
People fight these things quite actively and they lose, or they don’t even know and they buy property and there’s a pipeline running through the stream in their backyard or through their farmlands. It’s hidden—it’s literally underground. Continue reading
#AbolishICE: Targeting Prison Profiteers
There are ways, beyond just personal consumer choices, to make your voice heard and say that if these companies are going to be complicit with ICE, they’re going to feel the effect. Continue reading
Black Radicalism: “We need to start again.”
All of the great institutions in the West are built on the original sin of racism and genocide. What’s worse: it’s not like it stopped. Continue reading
The Death of Civilization and the Life Beyond Hopelessness
Beyond hopelessness there is a new kind of hope that opens up, which is a faith in the basic tissue of human existence, our connection to one another, our ability to persist in even the worst conditions, our ability to make joyful, meaningful, rich lives in the shittiest places. Continue reading
Overcoming Identity Politics Paralysis
If we’re going to criticize identity politics, it must be from a perspective that is itself antiracist and feminist, one that is seeking the most useful way of thinking—and acting—to oppose racism and sexism. Continue reading
“All of these things have to be solved together.”
If we combine the ideas of ending tax cuts for the rich and cutting the military budget, we would have all the money we need for all these things we need for our survival. Continue reading
The Antidote Writers Collective seeks to resist and counteract the poisons that course through the veins of our politics, our cultures, our movements, our relationships, ourselves.
We believe that a strong collective immune system is built through knowledge and understanding and that the struggle against division and repression requires building a new culture of discussion that goes beyond flat definitions, brittle ideologies, stubborn dogmas, idle preconceptions, and petty rivalries.
We will share knowledge with each other, aiming to build empathy, and in turn enable the emergence of genuine solidarity—one which does not demand uniformity across contexts, one which does not “include” you, but in which you include yourself.
In this spirit, we will provide a platform for a diverse set of voices, especially for those otherwise silenced or ignored in “mainstream” discussions. We want to hear from people engaged in radical struggles all over the world. We seek neither agreement nor conflict, but rather to identify issues at their roots, and to consider different radical approaches to their resolution. And though we at the Antidote Writers Collective have voices—and we will use them—we will not presume to speak for anybody.
On the contrary, we invite you to offer us new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing. It’s not about establishing a space for comfy ideological self-indulgence, but for questions, for a true diversity of voices and viewpoints, and for turning all of this into action.
One World. One Struggle.
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Alternative Structures Anarchism Anti-capitalism Autonomy Bureaucracy Climate Change Colonialism Corruption Countermedia Culture of Resistance Deutsch Ecocide Ecodefense Ed Sutton Education Empathy Greece Housing Justice Insurrection Islamophobia Kurdistan LeftEast Minneapolis Mutual Aid Neoliberalism No One Is Illegal No Pasarán! One World One Struggle Palaces & Vaults Philosophy Police & Prisons Political Prisoners Post-Socialism Propaganda & Disinformation Que Se Vayan Todos Racism Russia Russian Reader Self Defense & Non/Violence Smash the Patriarchy Solidarity Squats & Occupations States & Borders Street Movements Switzerland Syria This is Hell! Transcripts Translations Turkey Ukraine United States of America War & Empire Work & Wage
“… in the midst of putative peace, you could, like me, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silent war. The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.” – Arundhati Roy
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