The best human gift is perspective


Fifth Estate # 410, Fall, 2021

it’s also the worst when used in circumstances calling for a closeup or in circumstances that call for detachment it is only a gift when it employs the appropriate distance that minimizes pain between the observer and the observed . …

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The Motorist


Fifth Estate # 357, Summer 2002

We stand at a great crossroads in history. If we go right, we are liable to bump into ourselves coming from the left. And vice-versa. But we do agree on one thing: our national interest requires that we wean ourselves …

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Fifth Estate # 316, Spring, 1984

Nobody dies like Stalin did. He didn’t just die, he took the world with him. My world at any rate. I was 8 years old when it happened. At school all the kids had been crying and I’d been crying …

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Armageddon to Some


Fifth Estate # 346, Summer, 1995

The people eagerly awaiting Armageddon, from religious fundamentalists to paranoid Nazis, have no choice but to wish a fiery end. They’ve been such failures in this world, only the end of it can justify their miserable, creepy existence.