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
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
“He died because he’s black!”
“We do it because otherwise they won’t leave,” Zurich functionary Mario Fehr (Social-democratic Party) recently explained. Continue reading
Ice Cream, Concrete, and Squats
Gentrification is class war from above which must be answered with struggle from below. This requires accessible projects that can establish a broad and militant praxis. Continue reading
Chronicle of a Deportation
One deportee’s firsthand account of this traumatic and humiliating experience, in all its enraging detail Continue reading
Iñaki and Me
Iñaki need not worry about being thrown in prison; he need not fear pursuit: the Spanish justice system does not persecute his ethnicity. He currently lives in a villa on Lake Geneva. His bank account is full. Continue reading
“In our mouths, words become crimes.”
The laws have changed their names, but they are still laws of exception, and they still have the same consequences for dissidents: persecution, criminalization, repression, and imprisonment. Freedom of expression exists only for those who think the way they do. Continue reading
Radical Women* Reclaim Space in Switzerland
“Our friendliness has nothing to do with our being women*. We were also kicking around other ideas. The occupation could have gone down quite differently.” Continue reading
“I tell you: fight with me against the camp system”
Ajour Magazin spoke to one of thirteen illegalized refugees who decided that to get out and be part of society is more important than complying with the state; they moved into a derelict house in central Zurich. Continue reading
On Liberal Useful Idiots
Why the radical right should not be given a platform, ever. Continue reading
How to Build an Invisible Prison
People issued bounding orders are being criminalized and humiliated, receiving a punishment amounting essentially to indefinite detention. Continue reading
They Can’t Be Pleaded With – They Must Be Fought
The idea of open borders is anathema to Europe’s ruling elites; inhumane detention camps seem, on the other hand, to be perfectly acceptable. Politicians in power display nothing but inhumanity. We have to step into action; we have to go all out. Continue reading
“Wir müssen aufs Ganze gehen!”
Wer etwas verändern will, muss kaputt machen was kaputt macht und nicht versuchen, die Revolution zu umgehen. 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
“No Different Than Slavery”
“My message to those who think the situation in Eritrea “has improved” is that right now, at this very moment, thousands of innocent Eritreans are suffering silently in jails and prisons, while their best years slip away.” 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.
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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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