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We’re killing the animals our children love

My children live in a world full of animals. They read about them, watch them on TV, cuddle with them at night. But it’s all fake. It’s all commodities that just look like animals. It’s all capitalism that kills animals. Lions and tigers and bears don’t get royalties from any…

Why we need to blow up pipelines, and why people will hate it

In his book How To Blow Up A Pipeline, Andreas Malm asks “when do we start physically attacking the things that consume our planet and destroy them with our own hands? Is there good reason we have waited this long?”

Well, there is a good reason. We don’t fucking wanna…

Getting an inguinal hernia operation

Right now I feel like I’ve been kicked (lightly) in the nuts and I can’t pick up my kids, so basically everything’s going well. This is the aftermath of a hernia surgery and I write about the experience because it’s something I wish I was able to read before.

At…

I mean, we won’t cause the West is deranged, but the lessons are there

After SARS, East Asian countries were scared shitless and got their shit together for the next pandemic. Now that SARS‑CoV‑2 has hit everybody, we need to get our shit together now. Not for COVID-19, but for the next one. Like East Asia, we have to build up our public immune…

How I migrated from Medium to Ghost

As everyone could tell you, earnings and readership are dramatically down on Medium. I went from regularly making $1,500 (a month) to struggling to make $500. This has been coming for a while, with the algorithm change. I won’t get into why Medium is doing this. It’s essentially a billionaire…

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…

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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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