The FE Bookstore

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Fifth Estate # 308, January 19, 1982

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The FE Bookstore is located in the same place as the Fifth Estate Newspaper, both of which are located at 4403 Second Ave., Detroit MI 48201—telephone (313) 831-6800. The hours we are open vary considerably, so it’s always best to give us a call before coming down.

HOW TO ORDER BY MAIL:

1) List the title of the book, quantity wanted, and the price of each;

2) add 10% for mailing—not less than $.63 (which is the minimum charge for 4th Class book rate postage;

3) total;

4) write all checks or money orders to: The Fifth Estate and mail to FE Books, 4403 Second Ave., Detroit MI 48201

Books Just Received

SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY Edited & translated by Ken Knabb

Contains over eighty texts—leaflets, articles, internal documents, film-scripts. With notes, bibliography and index.

406 pages, large size paperback. Bureau of Public Secrets $10.00

BULLDOZER (THE ONLY VEHICLE FOR PRISON REFORM)

Prison newsletter “produced and distributed from the stifling, capital intensive city of Toronto, Kanada by the Prisoner Solidarity Collective…anti-state, anti-authoritarian, and definitely prison-abolitionist…” This issue (number 3) contains poetry and articles, graphics, info on solidarity campaigns, and much more, (Prisoners can receive it for free from PO Box 5052, Station A, Toronto, Canada M5W 1W4.)

38 pages $1.00 (Issues 1 and 2 also mailable for $.50 each.)

FOR A CRITIQUE OF THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE SIGN by Jean Baudrillard

Attempts an analysis of the sign form in the same way that Marx’s critique of political economy sought an analysis of the commodity form: as the commodity is at the same time both exchange value and use value, the sign is both signifier and signified. Thus, it necessitates an analysis on two levels, with the author confronting all of the conceptual obstacles of semiology in order to provide the same radical critique that Marx developed of classical political economy.

Telos 214 pp. $4.50

1982 ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN CALENDAR

12 months of riot and revolution, banditry, bank robberies, strike waves, dada, mama, luddites and cruddites, trivia, zapatistas, villistas and anarchist pizzas. This is the first Cucumber Salad Calendar, dedicated, in the words of its compilers, “to the men and women in Switzerland involved in the ‘movement of the discontented,’ which began in May 1980,” and whose slogans are NO LEADERS and MAKE CUCUMBER SALAD OUT OF THE STATE. Graphically beautiful, but not complete. Also, there are occasionally ambiguities as to whether an event has positive or negative implications (something must be left for next year!), a problem which only detracts slightly from an otherwise marvelous piece of anarcho-dada.

Left Bank/Charlatan Stew. $4.95

Books and Periodicals

ANARCHY COMICS Number 3

Seventeen cartoonists from Europe, Canada and the U.S. Contains the Decaying Meat/Capitalism Diagram, a punk-anarchist’s journey to the future, Anarchy in the Alsace, Wildcat, Roman Spring, and more.

Last Gasp. $2.00

ANARCHY COMICS Number 1

International comics by Kinney, Mavrides, Spain, and others. How to destroy civilization and build a new cooperative one with tinkertoys.

Last Gasp. $1.25

ANARCHY COMICS Number 2

International comics and better than ever. Starring America’s sweethearts, the Picto Family, the Political Bizarros, also Anarchie and Moronica.

Last Gasp. $1.25

MECHANIZATION TAKES COMMAND: A CONTRIBUTION TO ANONYMOUS HISTORY by Siegfried Giedion

This is a classic study of the evolution of mechanization and its effects on modern civilization, and its historical and philosophical implications. “We shall deal here with humble things, things not usually granted earnest consideration, or at least not valued for their historical import. But no more in history than in painting is it the impressiveness of the subject that matters. The sun is mirrored even in a coffee spoon. In their aggregate, the humble objects of which we shall speak have shaken our mode of living to its very roots. Modest things of daily life, they accumulate into forces acting upon whoever moves within the orbit of our civilization.”

Norton. Originally $9.95, now $5.00

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HUMAN RIGHTS: Vol. I—The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism; Vol. II—After the Cataclysm: Postwar Indochina and the Reconstruction of Imperial Ideology by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman

A devastating critique of U.S. foreign policy in the Third World and the “free world” media propaganda system which obscures the U.S. support for Third World dictatorships. “The basic fact is that the United States has organized under its sponsorship and protection a neo-colonial system of client states ruled mainly by terror and serving the interests of a small local elite. The fundamental belief or ideological pretense, is that the United States is dedicated to furthering the cause of democracy and human rights throughout the world, though it may occasionally err in the pursuit of this objective.” —from the Preface

South End Press. $15.00 (sold as a set only)

ECLIPSE AND RE-EMERGENCE OF THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENT by Barrot and Martin

Articles on May 1968, sabotage, Leninism and the Ultra-Left, the problem of organization, more.

Black & Red. 136 pp. $1.25

Fuck Authority Poster

Don’t be satisfied with the tepid “Question Authority” when the real thing is available. This Left Bank Books poster is a 29″X22″ version of the Fifth Estate 1976 original printed on red stock. Left Bank says these are “seconds” hence the low price, but we can’t see the flaws.

$1.50 folded, Sent in mailing tube $2.50 –

IDEAS FOR SETTING YOUR MIND IN A CONDITION OF DIS*EASE by Falling Sky/Black Rat

“The suppressed subjectivity cries out in its unfulfilled desires with criminal passion.”

Black Thumb Press 34 pp. $1.00

STRIKE! by Jeremy Brecher

The history of mass labor insurgence in the U.S. from 1877 to the present as authentic revolutionary movements and their fight against the state, capital and trade unions.

South End Press 330 pp. $4.95

FOUR ARGUMENTS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF TELEVISION by Jerry Mander

“Television freewayizes, suburbanizes, and commoditizes human beings, who are then easier to control. Meanwhile, those who control television consolidate their power…Television aids the creation of societal conditions which produce autocracy; it also creates the appropriate mental patterns for it and simultaneously dulls all awareness that this is happening.” A member of the FE staff said recently, “If somebody walked into the FE Office off the street and asked what to read, I’d suggest two books, 1984 and this one.”

Morrow 371 pages $4.95

FLASH: JUST IN AS WE GO TO PRINT:

Telos, Fall 1981, Number 49.

Contains an interview with Habermas, also his “New Social Movements,” “Origins and Meaning of World War I,” by John Zerzan, “Marxism and Revolutionary Romanticism,” by Michael Lowy, “E.P. Thompson and His Critics,” by Paul Buhle, more.

Telos Press. $5.00

REVOLUTION IN SEATTLE: A MEMOIR by Harvey O’Connor

A memoir by a participant in the Seattle General Strike, 1919.

Left Bank Books. $7.50

NASKAPI INDEPENDENCE AND THE CARIBOU by Alan Cooke

A case study in technological invasion which took place over a century ago in northern Canada.

Centre for Northern Studies & Research, 12 pp. 20 cents

THE MIRROR OF PRODUCTION by Jean Baudrillard

Examines the lessons of Marxism which has created a productivist model and a fetishism of labor. Asserts that Marxism reflects “all of Western metaphysics” and that it remains within the restrictive context of political economy whence it was born.

Telos Press. $3.95

ORIGIN & FUNCTION OF THE PARTY FORM by Camatte & Collu

A recent translation from early 1970’s articles.

Charlatan Stew. $1.25

THE POVERTY OF STATISM: A DEBATE by Fabbri, Rocker, Bukharin

Contains Nikolai Bukharin’s officially-sponsored attack on anarchism published in Russia in 1922, and Luigi Fabbri’s reply published in Italy the same year. Also, two articles by Rudolf Rocker, “Anarchism and Sovietism,” and “Marx and Anarchism.”

Cienfuegos Press. $3.50

THE ANARCHIST BEAST: The Anti-Anarchist Crusade in Periodical Literature (1884 1906) by Nhat Hong

Over a hundred articles depicting the popular media and literature of the period are reviewed to demonstrate the prejudices fostered against the anarchist movement.

Soil of Liberty 70 pp. $2.00

LOVE & RAGE: ENTRIES IN A PRISON DIARY by Carl Harp

The title of the book is appropriate—Carl oscillates throughout it between feelings of inspiration and solidarity on the one hand, and near despair and outrage on the other. Not surprising: you come away from this slim volume wondering how anyone could maintain any spirit at all in the face of such absolute degradation and injustice, let alone reflect upon it and write it down.

Pulp Press 73 pp. $3.95 Profits from the sale of this book will go to the Solidarity Committee’s efforts to investigate Carl Harp’s death.

THE LIMITS OF THE CITY by Murray Bookchin

A new larger edition of Bookchin’s criticism of the modern megalopolis as compared to ancient and medieval villages. Also posits a vision of a harmonized urban and rural life in a future society.

Harper Torchbooks. 148 pp. Published at $4.50; now $3.50.

THE CHRISTIE FILE by Stuart Christie

Against the backdrop of the ’60s and ’70s, Stuart Christie’s autobiography mirrors the turbulent period and his account of his imprisonment for his plot to assassinate Franco, his involvement with the Angry Brigade, and a broad sketch of the English anarchist movement.

Partisan & Cienfuegos Presses $9.95

MANUAL FOR REVOLUTIONARY LEADERS by Michael Velli

Advice to would-be leaders of the proletariat from the mouths of experts on how to have the workers put your gang in power. Somehow, though, it all falls apart.

Black & Red 288 pp. $2.50

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