because they are too afraid of seeing whiteness disappear: eclipse poem

astronomical events such as the solar eclipse we watched today have been considered omens. even those of us laughing at people with their heads in boxes; even those of us that decided we wanted to just feel it; even we used a little pinhole projector and ate strawberries in the parking lot to seek a glimpse of a shadow, a bright darkness, and speculated what … Continue reading because they are too afraid of seeing whiteness disappear: eclipse poem

“You can’t set her free”: Pharmaceutical Advertisements and the Always Shifting Perceptions of Madness

Looking at the ways in which the psychiatric profession advertised for its drugs and treatments can tell us a lot about shifting perceptions of mental health. We’ll keep the explanations short here, but if you want a more thorough critique of psychiatry, read our article Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: the Story of the Psycho here. Women, Hysteria, and Housework This first group of ads shows … Continue reading “You can’t set her free”: Pharmaceutical Advertisements and the Always Shifting Perceptions of Madness

Songs of the Edelweiss Pirates and other German Youth Gangs

Young people had very few options in Nazi controlled Germany. Before Hitler took power, many young people in Germany were members of a “Bund,” a “band” or a “club”. These groups met to hike, write music, work on projects, and go camping together. By the end of 1933, all alternative youth organizations ceased to exist and, on March 25th, 1939, membership in the Nazi-controlled Hitlerjugend … Continue reading Songs of the Edelweiss Pirates and other German Youth Gangs

Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: The Story of the Psycho—Bellum Primer One

As Socrates languished in a cell on the acropolis for “corrupting the youth,” a mysterious figure in robes raved and babbled under the spell of noxious gasses on the mountain of Delphi, and she was called Oracle. In the same century in which Justinian constructed his master work of the Eastern Orthodox faith, the Hagia Sofia, the Syrian monk Simeon was dragging hound corpses around … Continue reading Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: The Story of the Psycho—Bellum Primer One

Norms // Law: Fictions and Theaters of Power—Bellum Primer Zero

“Only a fiction can make us believe a law is to be respected.” -Michel Foucault a. on gods and activists: the myth of authority At a demonstration in Minneapolis on November 10th following the election of Donald Trump, demonstrators moved onto I-94, blocking all lanes of traffic, making use of a tactic that has gained popularity in the Twin Cities since late 2015. A small … Continue reading Norms // Law: Fictions and Theaters of Power—Bellum Primer Zero

Belliful—BRI summer updates

Dear Friends and Strangers, Welcome to the Belliful—an assuredly not-absurd neologism meaning simply “full of of the war“—our new ongoing segment for updates, lewd pictures, and all the little things we think are worth telling all you lovely strangers about (with some experimentation in puns). Expect one every once in a while or maybe only occasionally, depending on how we’re feeling. the belli is pregnant … Continue reading Belliful—BRI summer updates

Why MPD Pulls Guns on Highschoolers and Sends Tactical Vehicles to Dance Parties

*Note: The article was hastily written a while back but the narrative and ideas presented still feel as pertinent as ever.* On January 19th, we tried to host a public dance party in Uptown in south Minneapolis. We asked people to meet up in a grassy spot by the Walker Library and were planning on dancing around with strangers to some hip-hop on our tiny … Continue reading Why MPD Pulls Guns on Highschoolers and Sends Tactical Vehicles to Dance Parties

No Neutrality in a Rape Culture: Open Letter to Progressives

The idea for this letter was conceived collaboratively by rape survivors. It is intended to call attention to some of the ways in which progressives in our communities persistently protect rapists, hold victims accountable, and demand carceral solutions to sexual assault that return power to the partiarchal state. Our hope is that this letter could be: a resource for other rape victims/survivors and/or literally shown … Continue reading No Neutrality in a Rape Culture: Open Letter to Progressives