First Draft Foes Convicted


Fifth Estate # 310, Fall 1982

Share this on… “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,

Discussion on Anti-work

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Fifth Estate # 309, June 19, 1982

Share this on… “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.

Anti-Nuclear Movement in Europe


Fifth Estate # 307, November 19, 1981

Share this on… 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

Lasch: Theory of Passivity Stumbles


Fifth Estate # 301, February 26, 1980

Share this on… 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

Anarchy in San Francisco

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Fifth Estate # 333, Winter, 1990

Share this on… 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

Primitives and Production: a response


Fifth Estate # 315, Winter, 1984

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

Community, Primitive Society and the State


Fifth Estate # 306, July, 1981

Share this on… Introduction Primitive culture, Marshall Sahlins has argued, is not fetishized utility. “The practical function of (primitive) institutions,” he tells us, “is never adequate to explain their cultural structure….People employ customs and categories to organize their lives within

A Family Quarrel


Fifth Estate # 312, Spring 1983

Share this on… There’s no end to discussion about the “crisis of the family.” From Reader’s Digest to obscure academic journals, in the halls of Congress and in countless homes, the crisis of the family is portrayed, analyzed, debated, or

Examining Zerzan

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Fifth Estate # 368-369, Spring-Summer, 2005

Share this on… Much of primitivist theorist John Zerzan’s early work appeared in the Fifth Estate. His Cassandra-like predictions of imminent collapse of modern society began in 1976 with his FE article, “The Decline and Fall of Everything”–a compendium of

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