Summer 2021,
Fifth Estate #409

Cover image, Issue 409, Summer, 2021. Headline reads, "Demand the impossible; WHAT'S NEXT? Photo shows German forest defenders playing games in an open field. See story on page 5

CONTENTS

Letters to the Fifth Estate

Issue intro
FE STAFF

Unfuck the World
FE STAFF

Direct Action Creates Community: Unfuck the climate: Occupy the forests!
PHILIPPE PERNOT

The Path to Change: Community
STEVE WELZER

Music & Domestication: Hope lies with those musicians who resist
BEN OLSON

To Live as the Trees Do
NOAH JOHNSON

Revolutionary Ecology: 40 years of the Earth First! Journal
KAREN PICKETT

Only Change is Permanent
ERIC LAURSEN

Good-bye to the Draft?
FIFTH ESTATE STAFF

Anarchy in Belarus: Anti-authoritarian Voices in Uprising Against the Dictatorship
Photo shows a large crowd of Belarussian protesters with hands joined in the air.
BILL WEINBERG

 

 

 

Future Shock: 2077
STEPHEN CLINE

She Exists Only to Please: Sexbot Take-over
JESS FLARITY

Letter from the Trenches: Can Schools Teach Freedom?
KIM A. BROADIE

From Tolstoy to Pussy Riot: Teaching the History of Anarchism at the University of Michigan
ANIA AIZMAN

Then and Now: The Spanish Revolution of 1936
MARTHA ACKELSBERG

Cuba: The Economy Changes, The Authoritarian State Remains the Same
OCTAVIO ALBEROLA

AN ANARCHIST REVIEW OF BOOKS

Deserving the Best: The Continuing Appeal of Surrealism
MAX CAFARD

In 1967, it was the Summer of Love in San Francisco. In Detroit, it was a Summer on Fire
SUNFROG

A Red Country (poem)
NGU THI YEN

1984 Still Knocking at Our Door: George Orwell’s haunting tale takes on new power in this graphic novel
SEAN ALAN CLEARY

A Sacco and Vanzetti Mystery with a Modern Twist
S. LAPLAGE

Death Squad: Thy Name is FBI (review of Judas and the Black Messiah)
WILLIAM R. BOYER

The Booksellers of our Better Nature
CARRIE LABEN

Diane di Prima (1934-2020): Beat Poet & Activist
MARIEKE BIVAR

The Paris Commune, The Right To Be Lazy & Surrealism: The People Ruled the City for Three Short Months
PENELOPE ROSEMONT

The Human Life Exchange Rate Mechanism: Liberal Rights, Double Binds, the West, & the Rest
TOM SYKES

Prison Abolition: It’s Time!
ERNEST LARSEN

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MONTREAL’S 15th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ANARCHIST THEATRE FESTIVAL May 2022, seeks plays!

Application deadline: November 30, 2021

The Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival (MIATF), the only festival in the world dedicated to anarchist theatre, is currently seeking plays, texts, monologues, dance-theatre, puppet shows, mime, in English and French, on the theme of anarchism or any subject pertaining to anarchism, i.e. against all forms of oppression including the State, capitalism, war, patriarchy, etc. We will also consider pieces exploring ecological, social and economic justice, racism, feminism, poverty, class and gender oppression from an anarchist perspective. We welcome work from anarchist and non-anarchist writers.

Application form & guidelines: www.anarchistetheatrefestival.com

 

Reading about Afghanistan and Iraq in the Fifth Estate, 2002
“Do the massive (and lucrative) US arms transfers to corrupt and repressive regimes in the Middle East…and the monstrous sanctions against the people of Iraq help in any way to explain why the bin Ladens of the world can recruit young men to kill themselves and others in a jihad? Is there no relationship between the profound injustices this empire has unleashed, or ignored, or to which it has actively contributed, and the nihilism of the enemies that such injustice spawns?” (“Catastrophe as a way of life: an anti-imperialism for the twenty-first century,”) Read more…

 

No money, no barter, no authoritarian control:
Read our 1968 interview with the Living Theatre in the Fifth Estate Archive.

 

VIETNAM
The failed US war and resistance to it from an anarchist/anti-authoritarian perspective: it’s all here at the Fifth Estate’s Vietnam Resource Page.

 

SPANISH REVOLUTION OF 1936-1939
Learn more about it and the important role of the anarchists….
at Fifth Estate’s Spanish Revolution Resource Page.

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