Entitlement and Extraction: On Colonial Science
Making knowledge in a way that harms Indigenous land for the “greater good” is a colonial land relation. Continue reading
Myths of Decline that Destroy the Present: Rereading Roman History
The decline is real. The fall is real. But what’s remarkable is that the idea of Roman decline is always there, even when Rome is expanding, even when its society is getting stronger. Continue reading
California’s Confederate Past and Present
Most people seem to think California is a bastion of cultural pluralism and progressive policymaking, but California had more Confederate monument than any other free state. Continue reading
Anarchism and Optimism
Anarchism exposes the lie of liberal democratic thinking which says this is the best we can do. The anarchist says no, we can do better if we simply work together and change the systems that we have. Continue reading
Coronavirus and the Entrenchment of Neoliberal Fascism
It’s now become so brutalizing and so cruel, and so obvious and so visible, that it makes no apologies: some people should die so that the GDP can go up and the stock market can revive itself. Can you imagine? Continue reading
On Undivided Humanity
Does your society say you only owe good behavior to people who are part of the same racial category as you? Or the same gender or sexual category as you? Or only people who are citizens of your country and everybody else be damned? Focus on enlarging that circle to humanity itself. 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
What Have We Done
A January 2017 letter to left-leaning liberals, for all our consideration here in this bright future. Continue reading
This Libfash Death Machine Won’t Just Stop Itself
We have to think much more carefully about the system, broadly understood, and whether this system is in any way equipped to get us out of this situation. Continue reading
“We need to move from living in competition to living in common.”
Being able to let go of self-enclosed individualism could unleash a broad socialist project. Continue reading
Countermapping Alternatives to the Neoliberal Nonfuture
Helping children learn how to map is a radical act when they map spaces that have been left out of history; through that process they learn that people have always acted collaboratively and in ways that are beneficial to their communities. Continue reading
On Dogmatism and Denial
We are witnessing a major crisis of the left. The most serious problem is not simply that the left has become bankrupt, but that it has hidden its bankruptcy from itself. Continue reading
Replacing the Imperialist Fairy Tale
We must understand how processes of imperialism and racial capitalism work, but also how people have fought back. These resistance struggles connect us to people from other countries. Continue reading
Critique and Panic
Patience and self-irony are prerequisites to being able to acknowledge arguments against activist rituals and the atrophy of debate. Continue reading
Somewhere along the way HBS lost its qualification as an actual educational institution, and just became a facilitator for big business, without even deigning to question the nature of capitalism anymore. 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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