Subverting Establishment Suppression


Fifth Estate # 411, Spring, 2022

The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power—known by its acronym ACT UP—coalesced in the late 1980s with a simple motivation: the desire to live.

Pushing on What’s Falling


Fifth Estate # 407, Fall, 2020

Before the global pandemic and waves of insurrection, gaps in the empire’s dominion were already widening. The culture wars were escalating, tensions between older and younger generations mounting, the health care system showing its serious inadequacies, psychiatric problems becoming ubiquitous, …

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Counteractivity, Counterculture & Alternate Encounters


Fifth Estate # 406, Spring, 2020

The nexus linking resistance and protest movements with underground artistic practices is distinct, with significant overlap existing between the participants and qualities of both. It’s no surprise that overt resistance to existing circumstances intersects naturally with activities that are radically …

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Sanity & Identity


Fifth Estate # 404, Summer, 2019

A tentative existence is what society’s current trajectory offers us: alienation from others simultaneous with chronic concern about perception by others. Futile attempts to persist in these conditions takes the form of claiming an identity, espousing sanctioned banalities, and various …

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Authoritarian Character Structure


Fifth Estate # 400, Spring, 2018

Radical psychologists Wilhelm Reich and Eric Fromm answered the question of why people submit willingly to authority

Virtuality, Sociopathy & Hyperabsence


Fifth Estate # 398, Summer, 2017

The work/sleep, shop/discard, lose/win, simulated existence that is thrust upon us is fundamentally forced participation in an electro-sociopathic process.

Armed Madhouse


Fifth Estate # 393, Spring 2015

  As the disturbing trend of mass shootings has steadily become a staple of American society, they serve as one extreme example of the collapsing modern social order.

Death & Deadening


Fifth Estate # 392, Fall/Winter 2014 - Art & Anarchy

Modern modes of handling concerns in the death and dying spheres seem emblematic of disturbing trends found throughout mass culture.