“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

The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

*This post contains links to each part of the book called The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War, the entirety of which has previously been published to this website in segments. The book is an attempt to think about politics and history from a perspective of difference rather than identity. This resulted in a number of paradoxes, … Continue reading The Savage Peace: Democracy’s 2500 Years of Failure and the Legacy of Global Civil War

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

Don’t Just Follow Along: Some Critical Notes on Tactics and Discourse

We are all here to get our voices heard. This may be true for some, but we question whether this applies generally to a crowd in a protest scenario. Did the various native tribes and individuals at Standing Rock set up camp to “get their voices heard,” or were they gathered to directly defend that which sustains them and allows them to live? Similarly, we … Continue reading Don’t Just Follow Along: Some Critical Notes on Tactics and Discourse