FE Bookstore


Fifth Estate # 316, Spring, 1984

The FE BOOKSERVICE is located in the same place as the Fifth Estate Newspaper, both of which are at 5928 Second, Detroit MI 48202. telephone (313) 831-6800. The hours we are open vary considerably, so it’s always best to give us a call before coming down.


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New Arrivals

ON TERRORISM & THE STATE: The Theory & Practice of Terrorism divulged for the first time by Gianfranco Sanguinetti

An anti-terrorist text from a post-Situationist perspective. Concerns mostly Italy with attention to the Red Brigades and the assassination of Aldo Moro.

BM Chronos 101 pp. $6.50


This pamphlet in French is written by an anonymous “uncontrollable” and includes a response to it from the Institut de Prehistoire Contemporaine. It is a response to Sanguinetti’s On Terrorism and the State: “Autour de sanguinettisme confluent aujourd’hui: les dechets putrides de la decomposition de tout ce qui n’a pas ete depasse et l’atmosphere est empestee par les miasmes fetides de la resignation radicale et du situationnisme parvenus au stade ultime de l’infection, se donnant tous rendez-vous ici pour mettre en oeuvre la plus impitoyable et la plus desesperee de toutes les repressions intellectuelles, disputant tous du systeme le plus efficace pour condamner l’histoire, qui les emmerde.”

Diffusion $1.00


Engaging, informative, passionate and extremely well-written…the best critical survey of American history available.”—from the Fifth Estate review of the book. (See Fall 1982 FE)

Harper/Colophon Books 614 pp. $8.50

TELOS: A Quarterly Journal of Radical Thought Winter 1983-84

A special issue on Religion & Politics featuring articles on “The Legend of Marx’s Atheism,” “History of Religion As Social Science,” “American Religion Since 1945” as well as Notes and Commentary plus Reviews.

Telos Press 240 pp. $5.50

Back in stock…

THE ATOMIC STATE AND THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO LIVE IN IT: Campaign Against the Model West Germany Number 7

Discusses the qualitatively new form of totalitarian technological state power which is emerging as modern police techniques and nuclearism converge.

44 pp. 25 cents


A Fifth Estate reprint; it traces developments in the late 18th and early 19th centuries where the rise of capitalism was met by bitter and intense resistance. Its establishment was only effectuated by the imposition of the factory system as a method of social control. The result was a tamed working class and a degradation of labor which lives today at the core of the Marxist conception of socialism.

Black Eye Press 18 pp. $.85

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

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.

South End Press $7.50 each sold separately, $15.00 as a set


“Revolution does not emerge from one or another part of our being…Our revolution as a project to re-establish community was necessary from the moment when ancient communities were destroyed…”

Black & Red 64 pp. $1.00


One of our favorite books which goes beyond its title and examines the entire spectacular nature of modern society. It argues that television is unreformable and that its problems are inherent in its technology—dangerous to health and sanity, to autonomous and democratic forms of life—that it must be eliminated entirely.

Morrow 371 pp. $5.95

NO MIDDLE GROUND: Anti-authoritarian Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean No. 2 Fall 1983

Section on “Chile Ten Years Later,” a first hand critical account of Nicaragua by a recent visitor, an analysis of Brazil, and the prospects for anarchism in Venezuela.

Information Network on Latin America $1.50


A look at how a technological invasion which took place a century ago decimated a Native American culture in northern Canada.

Centre for Northern Studies & Research 12 pp. 25 cents


Discusses the mechanism by which human beings continue to reproduce the conditions of our own immiseration. “Men who were much but had little now have much but are little.”

Black & Red 24 pp. $.25


Camatte has emerged from the “Hegelian thickets” many have accused him of dwelling in and written a fairly intelligible essay containing many of his basic themes: the domestication of humans by capital, repressive consciousness, the superflousness of the proletariat, establishment of a human community and others. Several of us who have read it recommend it to those interested in what constitutes at least a portion of the theoretical underpinnings of the Fifth Estate.

Black Thumb 24 pp. $1.50


One of the books at the heart of the debate on this issue’s Letters page. Brenner searches thru the Zionist record and finds evidence that it sought the patronage and benevolence of avowed anti-Semites and, ultimately, the collaboration of the Fascists and Nazis. Shatters many of the myths Zionism has created for itself and for its role in the establishment of Israel.

Lawrence Hill & Co. 277 pp. $7.95

VISION ON FIRE: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution edited by David Porter

Vision on Fire is a carefully chosen collection of Emma Goldman’s significant, yet largely unpublished writings from the tumultuous final four years of her life. It is a powerful sequel to LIVING MY LIFE, her well-known autobiography published in 1931. Frankly revealed are her struggles with the deep contradictions of the Spanish Revolution of the late 1930s, her efforts to maintain personal integrity and vision within the heat of passionate involvement. Sexism, violence, a hostile international context, leftist vanguards, common front strategies, creating the new society, and movement organization—all are basic political issues Goldman faced in Spain. Each of them still confronts those today who seek to achieve a new anti-authoritarian society.

Commonground Press 346 pp. $7.50

WALKING by Henry D. Thoreau

Thoreau’s classic exposition on the joys of walking through the countryside and how the imposition of civilization intrudes upon it.

Self-published 36 pp. $.50

TELOS: A Quarterly Journal of Radical Thought No. 57 Fall 1983

Articles on “Israel and the Holocaust,” “Art & Industry,” “Rock Music and Consumerism” plus the peace movement debate continues, a report on “Anti-nukes in Soviet Societies,” and reviews and commentaries.

Telos Press 240 pp. $5.50

ON THE POVERTY OF BERKELEY LIFE and the Marginal Stratum of American Society in General by Chris Shutes

The examination of Berkeley, Calif. as the prototype of life on the margins of capitalist society. An exposure of self-delusion about work, “hip” business, and consumption. Cruel, but fair. Ends with a fairly hopeful chapter on events in South Africa.

Self-published 52 pp. $2.50


A long out-of-print Situationist International (SI) classic recently re-issued by Rebel Press in England and Left Bank Books of Seattle. This edition has a new translation approved by the author. Vaneigem was one of the founders of the SI and this book was published in 1967, the same year as Guy DeBord’s SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE; the two works were meant to complement each other. “Written in the street cafes of Paris between 1963-65, THE REVOLUTION OF EVERYDAY LIFE seemed to reflect exactly the mood of the revolutionaries of May ’68.” From the jacket.

Rebel/Left Bank 216 pp. $6.66

The FE Newsletter & Foreign Papers

Each book order we receive is sent out accompanied with a copy of the Fifth Estate Newsletter, a xeroxed inter-issue publication, containing updates, just received information and recently received books. It also has reprints from other publications and leaflets which we have been sent.

We also try to include as much free material as we have on hand up to the postal weight division. If you would like any foreign language publication, please indicate the country of interest and if available, it will be sent with your order.

FE Back Issues Available

The following back issues of the Fifth Estate are available for 50 cents a copy.

Vol. 11, No. 4—”The Decline and Fall of Everything,” “World Order Crumbles,” “Notes on the Death of Franco.”

Vol. 11, No. 5—”Institutions of Repression: Education and the Family,” “Notes on the Death of Franco 2,” “Chou En-lai: Death of a Salesman,” “Long Live Death!”

Vol. 11, No. 6—”Power Struggle in China,” “Sexual Repression and Authoritarianism,” Transportation Meditation (TM),” (poster).

Vol. 11, No. 7—”Sex Economy: Towards a Self-Governing Character Structure,” “Who Killed Ned Ludd: Machine Breaking at the Dawn of Capitalism,” “Christ’s Body Found-Easter Cancelled” (poster).

Vol. 11, No. 8—”Crisis in Health Care: Your Money and Your Life 1,” “Case Study of an Industrial Plague,” “Myth of the Party.”

Vol. 11, No. 9—”Your Money and Your Life 2,” “Please Don’t Kidnap These Men!” (GM “ad”); “Crimestopper’s Textbook: The Potential Criminal” (poster), “Will CP Rule Italy?”

Vol. 11, No. 10—”Self-Management and the Spanish Revolution,” “Bicentennial Salute” (Poster), “Medieval Revolts Against Church and State,” “The Idea of Detroit.”

Vol. 11, No. 11—”Unionization in America,” “The Black Sea Monster,” “Polish Food Riots.”

VOL. 11, No. 12—” Cop Gang Versus Street Gangs,” “Capitalism’s Industrial Plagues,” “Democracy.”

Vol. 12, No. 1—”On the Correct Handling of Nuclear Fallout Among the People,” “Unionism and the Nazi Labor Front,” “Piss in the Voting Booth” (poster).

Vol. 12, No. 2—”Unionism and Taylorism,” “The Year of the Swine (Flu),” “Zerowork: Less is More,” “Nuke Plants: Potential Disasters.”

Vol. 12, No. 3—”Indian Genocide-Brazil Has Its Custers Too,” “On Organization: Two Views,” “The Revolt Against Work.”

Vol. 12, No. 4—”More On Organization,” “More on the Revolt Against Work,” “Worker Revolts in China.”

Vol. 12, No. 5—”Reclaiming Our Bodies,” “Marx: Good-bye to All That,” “Communal Living,” “Revolutionary Three Stooges Brigade.”

Vol. 12, No. 6—”The New Family Therapy,” “The Last SLA Statement,” “Multinational Unions,” “Criticism/Self-Criticism.”

Vol. 12, No. 7—”Nuclear Technology and the State,” “Organization,” “Everyday Love,” “Maoists Become Shrubs,” “Prisons.”

Vol. 12, No. 8—”Work?! This Is Your Ear!” “The Cucumber Quotient (Whereby It Is Possible to Determine to What Extent You Have Become a Vegetable Through Work, Study and Sacrifice),” “The Black Rose Affair,” “The ‘Uses’ of Terrorism,” “Whales.”

Vol. 12, No. 9—”Hiroshima: First Shot of World War Three,” “On Terrorism and Authoritarianism,” “The Beats and a Subculture of Resistance,” “New York New York.”

Vol. 12, No. 10—”Back to the Stone Age?” “Ten Theses on the Proliferation of Egocrats,” “Culture Shock: Detroit,” “Anti-Nuke Demo.”

Vol. 12, No. 11—”German Industrialist Commits Suicide” (Special on death of ex-nazi Hans Martin Schleyer and murders of RAF prisoners), “Comments on Revolutionary Violence,” “Industrialization and Domestication,” “Anarchy in the U.K.: The Power and the Punk,” “A Documented, Researched and Polite Call for the Destruction of Civilization.”

Vol. 12, No. 12—”Terrorism: The State Marches On,” “More on Revolutionary Violence,” “The Revolt of the Animals,” “A Punk’s Essay,” “Punk: Musical Fad or Radical Kernel?”

Vol. 13, No. 1—”State Terrorism in West Germany,” “Did You Ever Want to Kill Your Boss?” (poster), “Fashionable Fascism: The Slick Misogyny of Porn,” “Ecotopia: To Nowhere and Back,” “Letter from Hamburg.”

Vol. 13, No. 2—”Fascism and Pornography: A Response,” “The State and Nuclear Power,” “You Create the Society That Destroys You” (Poster), “Star Wars: Arms Race of the Future Is Now,” “Mao’s China,” “Known Terrorists.”

Vol. 13, No. 3—”More on Porn and Fascism,” “Ms. Magazine Interview: Gail Garrot, Big City Cop, First Woman in Her Field” (poster on reformist feminism, “On Clastres’ Society Against the State,” “If You’re Not Busy Being Born, You’re Busy Buying.”

Vol. 13, No. 4—”QUBE TV: Pushbutton 1984,” “Against Realism and Its Cause,” “Technology and Capitalism: America By Design,” “Aldo No Moro,” “We Demand.”

Vol. 13, No. 5/6—”Pope Perishes,” “The Return of the Social Revolution,” “Economic Crisis and Revolution,” “American Anarchism.”

Vol. 13, No. 7—”Will You Join the Dance?” “Easy Come, Easy Go: Death of a Pope,” “The Battle of France May ’68,” “The CNT in Modern Spain,” “You May Be the Victim of an Art Attack.”

Vol. 14, No. 1—”State Fetishism: Some Remarks Concerning the Red Army Faction,” “Death in Guyana: An Epilogue,” “Coke Adds Life…To Communism.” (poster)

Vol. 14, No. 3—”20th Century Technology Presents: Mega-Death,” (poster), “The Original Affluent Society,” “Jr. Cops and AntiNukers,” “Interview With Abbie.”

Vol. 14, No. 4—”Industrial Plague Widens,” “Warning to the Pope,” “Lasch’s War of All Against All,” “Ramblings of a Narcissist,” The Practical Marx,” “It’s Raining Stockbrokers.”

Vol. 14, No. 6—”Carter’s Phony War Crisis,” “Fuck the Draft!” (poster), “Take This Census and Shove It!: “More on Culture of Narcissism.”

Vol. 15, No. 1—”The Promise of the ’80s,” “Debate on Feminism,” “Stay Where You Are.”

Vol. 15, No. 2—”U.S., U.S.S.R. Prepare for Doomsday,” “The Refusal of Technology,” “Poland: Triumphs and Defeats,” “Salamanders for Allah.”

Vol. 15, No. 3—”Readers Debate Technology,” “Saturn and Scientism,” “On the Future of the Earth,” “Against Civilization,” “Poland on the Edge,” “Jerk the Dog.”

Vol. 15, No. 4—”More on Technology,” “The Land: The Need for Roots,” “Hungry? Eat Leaden Death,” special poster supplement on Iran: “America’s Incredible Day: Hostage Plane Crashes Into Inaugural Ceremony-No Survivors,” “Truth Takes a Beating,” “What a Day It Wasn’t.”

Vol. 15, No. 5—Special Issue on Technology: “Against the Megamachine,” “Marxism, Anarchism and the New Totalitarianism,” “Indigenism and Its Enemies,” “Technological Invasion,” “Community, Primitive Society and the State.”

Vol. 15, No. 6—”Uncovering a Corpse: A Reply to the Defenders of Technology,” “Aversion and the Dynamo,” “The Pull-Back from Armageddon,” “Poland at the Crossroad,” “A Challenge to the Prison Movement.”

Vol. 17, No. 1—”Gift Exchange and the Imagination,” “What Next for Solidarity?” “Draft Law at Standstill,” “Nuclear War Erupts.”

Vol. 17, No. 2—”The Nuclear Freeze: Why We Didn’t Sign Your Petition,” “More Debate On Technology,” “Dismantling the Nuclear Society,” “Anti-Work and the Struggle for Control,” “The Collapse in Poland,” “Falklands/Malvinas Hoax.”

Vol. 17, No. 3—Special issue on the Middle East: “The Israeli Massacre: Peace in Galilee?” “Anti-Semitism and the Beirut Pogrom,” “1948: Clearing the Land of Palestinians,” “Latin American Terror: The Israeli Connection,” “War Without End: An Exchange on the Nuclear Freeze,” “Impact of the Bomb on the Poetic Spirit: A Reading of Post-War Japanese Poetry.”

Vol. 17, No. 4—”Against Leviathan” (preliminary sections of the book), “Societies on the Brink,” “The Pain of America and the Tylenol Killings,” “Norman Mayer and the Missile X.”

Vol. 18, No. 1—”Fifth Estate Tool of the Year: The Sledgehammer,” “Pentagon War Plans On Automatic,” “Notes on ‘Soft Tech,’ ” “Primitive vs. Civilized War: Some Contrasts,” “Year of the Bible or Year of the Computer: Choose Your Poison,” “A Family Quarrel.”

Vol. 18, No. 2—”Detroit: High Tech and the Widening Gyre,” “World-Wide Crisis: Is the Recovery Really Here?” “Beginning of Time, End of Time,” “Three Books on Israel.”

Vol. 18, No. 3—”The Euromissiles and the Fate of the Earth,” “Civilization Is Like a Jetliner,” “Exchange on Israel,” “Sex & Pain,” “Culture As Cannibalism,” “A Response on Time,” “The ’80s So Far: A World is Faltering.”

Vol. 18, No. 4—U.S. Out of the Americas!” “Language: Origin and Meaning,” “Symbolic Protest and the Nuclear State,” “Primitive Society, Technology and the Crisis: An Exchange,” “Ziggurat Terminal.”

NOTE: If back issues are not listed here, we don’t have them and can’t get them.