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
“Not leftists, those who stand with Assad!”
Condemn all the states that are carrying out wars against innocent civilians in the Middle East. They all oppose the self-determination of the peoples of the region and their struggles for emancipation. Continue reading
This Is Our Life Together
Long read: Observations from years of improvised refugee solidarity on the Greek frontier island of Samos Continue reading
Thanksgiving Reflections on Standing Rock
What I observed at Standing Rock is symbolic in the sense that so many people—white, Native, young, poor—are disaffected, disenfranchised, alienated, and seek a sense of purpose. They seek empowerment through finding community in caring for each other and in direct action. Continue reading
Syrien, Links, Unten
Syrien als Bewährungsprobe Continue reading
Charity, the Perfect Alibi for the Expulsion Machine
The informal policing performed by the big humanitarian groups doesn’t save migrants from the risk of deportation, and it forces them to accept being controlled in order to receive the bare minimum needed to survive. Continue reading
Cinema Utopia: Exile 2.0
A year after Aylan Kurdi made the EU border crisis famous, a film to remind us of the intense times that followed (and, though mutilated, continue). Continue reading
We need to stop saying “Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse…” Who seriously thinks it can’t get any worse? Still, there are things we can do–or rather, not do. Continue reading
An Appeal to Practical Solidarity
Protests and provocations help to undermine the legitimacy of Erdoğan’s regime, revealing its authoritarianism and making it harder for the EU and US to avert their gaze. Continue reading
Empathie wird uns nicht retten!
Empathie bedeutet nichts, wenn wir uns nicht für die Machtverhältnisse interessieren, welche die Not des Anderen produzieren. Continue reading
Squat the Earth! We Will All Live Together!
Without foregoing for a moment our basic demand for open borders, we feel the need to gather our forces toward the creation of decent living conditions for refugees in our neighborhoods. Continue reading
Women in Flight
Structures like the women_*’s space in Athens offer women_* the chance to compare notes and talk openly about experiences of violence, provide a safe place where they can get some measure of peace and quiet and share solidarity. Continue reading
Frauen auf der Flucht
Flucht birgt für Frauen_* andere Gefahren und Realitäten. Darüber wird wenig gesprochen und noch viel weniger geschrieben. Continue reading
Politics and Praxis on the Balkanroute
“It’s really clear that the states and the big NGOs are failing, so there have been lots of people who have decided to do something–and often very strong, direct actions.” Continue reading
Building Paradise in Hell
“The sooner we confront our situation and realize that there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves, the sooner we can get down to the difficult task of adapting with moral humility to our new reality.” 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.
TOPICS & VOICES
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
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.