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SOCIAL science fiction

If comedies were set in actual America people would be worried about health, rent, and food all the time. Every story would be a dreary nature documentary about human survival. It wouldn’t be very funny. That’s why most American comedies are (social) science fiction.

Instead of being set in America…

Fossil fuel infrastructure isn’t going to destroy itself

Nelson Mandela said “I called for non-violent protest for as long as it was effective.”When it stopped being effective, he got into property damage. Sabotage. He said “if sabotage did not produce the results we wanted, we were prepared to move on to the next stage: guerrilla warfare and terrorism.”…

When food culture became consumer culture, it all went to shit

You are what you eat, and today we don’t know what to eat. Because we don’t know who we are. The global food environment has become so uprooted, refridgerated, and transported that cultures haven’t had time to adapt, leaving individuals adrift.

Hopelessly, we count calories, turning every meal into a…

Every American budget is a murder-suicide pact

America’s war machine is not new, therefore it’s not news. It is nonetheless the greatest single threat to life on this planet. It’s not just that America is the single greatest killing force in the world, though it is. …

You can go home, but never go back

My mother grew up in a village, in a walauwa on a hill. They didn’t have electricity for years, didn’t have a phone line, and still cook over a wood fire. When Amma came back from boarding school she was given Ayurvedic medicine that made her copiously shit herself. Now…

There’s always children

I’ve been told to write about something happy. I’m actually quite happy, in my daily life. My daughter wakes up happy. My son wakes up a bit fascist, but he’s cute. If they’re happy, I’m happy, and they luckily are. They’re safe to play and eat and have fun. …

When will Greta go guerrilla?

Climate talks are lies. Protests are ignored. At some point people are going to get fed up. At some point people are going to get violent. People are going to blow up pipelines, assassinate corrupt leaders, and bring out the guillotines. And it won’t be undeserved.

The challenge of climate…

The freedom to move

You can go anywhere you want. The world is yours. You never have to go to jail. No animal should be caged. We are denied our freedom by violence, but it is nonetheless there. You can feel it now. Freedom is in the air.

Just put your hand out and…

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Indi Samarajiva is a writer living in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sign up for my newsletter at www.indi.ca, and you can reach me at indi@indi.ca.

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