This is a Soapbox.  You’ve been warned.


Subservas is a catarealist publication of arts and political culture.  “Cata-” meaning below/against and “-real” meaning conscripted narrative.  We believe there is a reality below what is called reality, and it is roiling for a voice.

We’re holding space to mess up, to be vulnerable, to get angry, to show where it hurts.  We aren’t here to hold a party line. If anything, we aim to compost party lines.  We’re done with media spins make things out to be simple.  Reality isn’t simple.

We are absurdists.  Sometimes we run articles by nihilists.  Sometimes we let them buy us beer.

We believe in miracles.  We believe that people living a fractured society can come together.  We’re here to interrogate national identity, borders, and the rules of the game.  We’re looking for unexpected ways to belong.

Yes, this is a soapbox.  But only for people who’ve unplugged their brains from “what you’re supposed to say.”  We’re not into parrots or fundamentalists.  If all you’ve got to say is already being said on the national news, who cares?

Sometimes we run articles we don’t agree with.  If something makes you angry, react!  Write us an article in response.  Let’s get some dialogue on. Let’s work this stuff out publicly.  Maybe we’ll come up with something new.

Sure, we’re soapboxing. But we reserve the right to step down from that soapbox at any moment, to rethink our words, to reinvent ourselves, to soapbox again.

Because we are subversives. Ready to question all and nothing, ready to mess with your head. Here to remind you being human is worth it, ready to rip apart whatever new reasons people have invented to stop engaging.

We are not polite or PC. This is not a safe space. On the contrary, there are sharp, pointy ideas everywhere, and our woefully human writers lob them into the mindless darkness of cliché and apathy.


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