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Etymology of ANTIDOTE: 1515, from L. antidotum, from Gk. antidoton "given as a remedy," lit. "given against," verbal adj. of antididonai "give in return," from anti- "against" + didonai "to give."

Related to anecdote: both have "dotos," the Greek word for given, and both contain a negation. But it's a different kind of negation: anecdote is what's NOT given (as in, publicly, officially); antidote is what's given AGAINST (given in return, or given to protect against)

We play with the language of medicalization even as we CRITIQUE it. Some things, like political depression, don't need antidotes in the sense that they don't need a cure that will obliterate their meaningfulness. We don't mean to say that depression is not a painfully debilitating dis-ease. We want to plumb its significance, explore the political weight it bears. We want to mobilize it, not dead-end it with a pharmaceutical fix.

Please note: We're not saying not to take your meds.

Implies a bodily illness or a sickness that needs cure. What does it mean to be sick at heart about the political? What about the political makes you sick? Is there politiclinical depression?


Some Things Need Antidotes

  • - Here we can make a list
    • Of all the things
    • Like creeping fascism
    • That need antidotes

Some Things Don't Need Antidotes

  • - Here we can make a list
    • And enumerate
    • Of all the things
    • Like political depression
    • That don't need antidotes
    • Often they are in the realm of the
    • Merely anecdotal

Don't Just Medicate, AGITATE (didn't [somebody] have a slogan like this once?)

As Hedwig says, "ain't much of a difference/between a bridge and a wall"

See also HEALING


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