Lower Class Magazine
Love in a Hopeless Place
The toughest battle we have to fight in Syria today is against the collapse of our own ideals, the fight against a mentality that subordinates everything to the exigencies of war. Continue reading
The War Is (Also) In Our Heads
We understand militancy as the ability to defend oneself not just physically but mentally against hegemonic ideology, as well as the ability to make alternative ways of living conceivable and practicable. Continue reading
After the Storm at the Border
We have failed in our initial attempts at political intervention. The situation of migrants has continued to deteriorate since summer 2015, and has gotten progressively more insulated from public scrutiny. Continue reading
“Fear of death is nothing; not being able to live is worse.”
Other fears are more essential than the fear of death. The fear of standing alone, or the fear that what you’re doing is futile. Those kinds of fears are more real, and are much more present in Europe than here. Continue reading
Community Self-Defense and a Politics of Life
It was normal people who took to the streets, attacked the police, and defended themselves against eviction. This resistance stopped a plan for two hundred forced evictions. It was a spontaneous coming-together in the neighborhood, among people who up to that point weren’t really organized. Continue reading
Hope Versus Bombs
Everyone is asking themselves when it will finally be enough, when the people here will have suffered enough. Erdoğan’s answer: not for a long time yet. Continue reading
“No, that’s not a tree.”
People getting paid thousands of euros each month to slip “Truth” into the shrinking gaps between ads think people practicing journalism out of conviction are untrustworthy, lol. Continue reading
Cops → Copy Paste → Content
Many journalists apparently regard the reports of police spokespeople as a priori accurate and true descriptions of factual reality not to be questioned. Hmph. Continue reading
Nowhere Is Safe
A brief, though rich, glance into a Yezidi refugee camp near Diyarbakir in early 2016. Continue reading
Silopi in Ruins
When we told the two co-mayors how shocked we were at the destruction in Cudi, they laughed bitterly: “Cudi? That’s nothing compared to Zap, Basak, and Barbaros.” Continue reading
Life Is Beautiful
“What we experienced in Bakur, how it feels and how it will change us, has to do with real people and their stories.” Continue reading
“Berkin was our heart, our brother, our comrade.”
It is all too clear what the justice system does. They protect the state and its criminals, only and above all else. In this case, the prosecutor’s sole responsibility has been to protect the police. We have told him this directly. Continue reading
What Form Should Our Antifascism Take?
Antifascism as a purely reactive, defensive strategy will not win us any new oppositional territory, as recent years have shown. Without a politics of class and without a real-existing infrastructure, Antifa remains a kind of ineffectual fire department that keeps falling back on the mere defense of bourgeois society. 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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