Comments on John Zerzan’s Critique of Agriculture


Fifth Estate # 330, Winter, 1988-89

John Zerzan’s essay, “Agriculture: Essence of Civilization,” appeared in FE #329, Summer 1988 and is available for one dollar from 4632 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48201. It is also part of a collection of John’s essays entitled Elements of Refusal …

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Anarchism & The Critique of Technology


Fifth Estate # 320, Spring, 1985

Much of contemporary anarchist thought is completely reconciled with industrial society and technological social organization. This common anarchist viewpoint is summed up by Daniel Guerin thusly: “[Anarchism] rests upon large-scale modern industry, up-to-date techniques, the modern proletariat, and internationalism on …

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What Time Is It?


Fifth Estate # 313, Summer, 1983

In response to “Beginning of Time, End of Time,” FE #313, Summer, 1983.

Direct Action Bombs Litton


Fifth Estate # 311, Winter, 1983

On October 14 a bomb blast ripped apart a production building at the Litton Systems Canada Ltd. plant in Rexdale, Ontario, causing an estimated $5 million in damage. The group Direct Action claimed responsibility for the bombing, which also injured …

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First Draft Foes Convicted


Fifth Estate # 310, Fall 1982

“Seen from a lower point of view, the Constitution, with all its faults, is very good; the law and the courts are very respectable; even this State and this American government are, in many respects, very admirable, and rare things, …

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Discussion on Anti-work

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Fifth Estate # 309, June 19, 1982

“Anti-Work and the Struggle for Control” in this issue [FE #309, June 19, 1982] continues John Zerzan’s work demonstrating the massive erosion of traditional American values, in this case centering on popular allegiance to the work ethic. Below is a …

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Anti-Nuclear Movement in Europe


Fifth Estate # 307, November 19, 1981

The massive and still-growing anti-nuclear movement in Europe has become a serious threat to the avatars of destruction who, through the auspices of NATO, are attempting to turn Europe into a nuclear battlefield by deploying Pershing II and cruise missiles …

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Lasch: Theory of Passivity Stumbles


Fifth Estate # 301, February 26, 1980

Your growing conviction that people are unable (or have lost the ability) to learn from and develop conclusions about their experience, and to act to change the conditions of their lives finds its latest confirmation in Christopher Lasch’s The Culture …

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Anarchy in San Francisco

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Fifth Estate # 333, Winter, 1990

Introduction “Without Borders,” this year’s Anarchist Conference and Festival was held in San Francisco from July 20th to 25th. Taking place at the Horace Mann Middle School in the city’s Mission District, the gathering drew somewhere between 1,000 and 3,000 …

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Primitives and Production: a response


Fifth Estate # 315, Winter, 1984

In response to Tech Examined a letter from Jeffrey Vega, FE #315, Winter 1984.