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
“We need to arrive on our own authority.”
This whole thing is a farce, and it has to be uncovered. People have to pull the cover back off of this thing and it needs to be exposed. That’s why I write. We’re trying to expose certain things. We have to oppose the rulers above society no matter what their identity is. Continue reading
Anti-authoritarian Voices in Belarus
The forces of Lukashenko’s order were extremely brutal, and it was important, in order to survive, to run fast and to look like you just went out to buy some milk and had no relation to protests. Continue reading
Climate Resistance: “The time has come for something different.”
We are in such a dire situation. We’ve tried with peaceful, polite, civil means, with no property destruction involved, just maximum restraint and peaceful civil disobedience. With very few exceptions, that’s as far as the climate movement has dared to go. We haven’t reached far enough by employing only these methods. Continue reading
Being Too Much On Purpose
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to validate women’s anger, and what it has the potential to do. Women’s anger functions in potentially transformative ways which often go under the radar. Continue reading
When Zurich Burned, and Was Reborn
We dedicate this article both to the memory of George Floyd as well as to the freshly founded autonomous zone in Seattle, where activists are further along in the Zurich timeline now than even Minneapolis, where it all started. We salute you! Continue reading
Who Are the Real Looters? On Theft and Violence in a White Supremacist State
These are uprisings. These are rebellions. These are revolts. These are part of a necessary process to transform the conditions in society. People have tolerated as much as they possibly can. Continue reading
“Iran is about to explode.”
The discontented segments of the Iranian populace are reacting very quickly at the moment. It only takes the slightest instigation and they’re back out in the streets. It is obvious that the Iranian state can’t simply go on as before without facing massive organized resistance. Continue reading
Climate Emergency in Switzerland
On the way to court on the second day, we all saw each other again for the first time. We were so excited, playing around, singing and laughing…afterwards the guards were way more pissed off than before. They were really mad about it! Continue reading
“Your company is a threat to my children.”
I’m here to remind you to expect resistance. We’re out there. We’re tired of the racist resource colonialism that is continued by your company. Continue reading
“This is the beginning of something much larger.”
The protests are really responding to a culture of political and discursive repression in Nicaraguan society. The debates are economic but they are also linked to a much deeper discontent with the state of democracy. Continue reading
“The politics of the moment are open.”
Iranian politics and society surprises all of us over and over again, so why limit the options and the possibilities for a bottom-up protest to only two possible narratives? Continue reading
“Excuse us, now we have to stand up.”
The protesters’ grievances have been reasonably clear: price hikes, unemployment, and poverty—and in a dictatorship this inevitably evolved towards more political slogans against corruption and against the dictator. Continue reading
“We are taking back our dignity!”
On December 19, protests against the KRG erupted in Suleimaniya and surrounding towns. But the strategy of the demonstrators as well as the reaction of the authorities has everyone at a bit of a loss. Continue reading
Kirkuk: Kurds Against a Kurdish State
War produces death and slavery. The outcome of any war will not support starting a social revolution, in fact it damages and weakens the revolutionary climate. 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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“… 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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