The Strike That’s Coming


Fifth Estate # 407, Fall, 2020

In so many ways, the fault lines in the U.S. and other countries are being violently exposed by the pandemic, and especially by the economic fallout in the many parts of the world where life was precarious for most people …

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Luigi Galleani


Fifth Estate # 406, Spring, 2020

a review of Luigi Galleani: the Most Dangerous Anarchist In America by Antonio Senta. AK Press, 2019

After the Buses Burned


Fifth Estate # 405, Winter, 2020

In the early hours of July 13, Will Van Spronsen was shot to death by police outside of an ICE-contracted private detention facility holding migrants in Tacoma, Wash. He was confronted by police in a parking lot full of buses; …

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Fifth Estate # 403, Spring 2019

During my live shows, I often do a song I wrote about the San Patricios, a band of mostly Irishmen who deserted from the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American war and fought on the Mexican side.

Song for the Earth Liberation Front


Fifth Estate # 362, Fall, 2003

Civil disobedience Has many permutations You can block the streets in front of The United Nations You can lay down on the tracks Keep the nuke trains out of town Or you can pour gas on the condo And you …

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Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

i can’t help it. i don’t care how far you think the analogy extends itself. when i see you making that bus driver climb up and down on and off the roof of his bus for your amusement

Robb Johnson


Fifth Estate # 398, Summer, 2017

a review of “A Reasonable History of Impossible Demands: The Damage to Date 1986-2013.” Robb Johnson, 92 songs on 5 CDs with 64-page booklet. PM Press, 2015,

Father House vs. Youth House


Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

There are certain things that jump out at you as soon as you arrive in Denmark. One thing you’ll notice, especially if you come from a place within that large mass of the world that is a bit closer to …

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“You are not welcome in New Zealand, Mr. Rovics.”


Fifth Estate # 390, Fall, 2013

It was mid-August, and after singing at various events, mainly ones commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima, I was supposed to be switching planes, en route from Fukuoka to Christchurch, New Zealand, via Tokyo and Auckland. When I got paged over …

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