The President Came to Boipatong


Fifth Estate # 341, Spring 1993

“Police shot at an angry crowd Saturday, killing three people just after the mob forced President Frederik W. de Klerk out of a black township where 39 died in a massacre last week… “As soon as his motorcade arrived the …

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The Fall of the 500-Year Reich


Fifth Estate # 340, Autumn 1992

“How can the spirit of the earth like the White man?…Everywhere the White man has touched it, it is sore.” —a woman of the Wintu tribe (California) // Share this on…

A Humble Call to Subvert the Human Empire


Fifth Estate # 354, Spring, 2000

“A Humble Call to Subvert the Human Empire” by longtime Fifth Estate collaborator David Watson is from a recent collection of his writing, Against the Megamachine: Essays on empire & its enemies (Autonomedia, 1999); it’s one of a few in …

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Detroit trash incinerator closing


Fifth Estate # 404, Summer, 2019

The news in March 2019 that, due to “financial and community concerns,” the Detroit trash incinerator was to be closed was weirdly reminiscent of news back in the spring of 1986 that it was going to be built: It came …

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Unabomber Cops a Plea


Fifth Estate # 402, Winter 2019

FE Introduction During the outrage expressed in the national media following the delivery of over a dozen mail bombs in Late October addressed to prominent Democrats and a cable network, several commentators invoked the name of the Unabomber. (This ignores …

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Federico Comes Home to Barcelona


Fifth Estate # 402, Winter 2019

In June and July, during a visit to Spain, my partner Marilynn Rashid and I spread some of the ashes of Federico Arcos, a companero, friend, and mentor to many of us in Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, including those on …

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The New Earth First!

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Fifth Estate # 348, Fall, 1996

Dear Fifth Estate: As an Earth First! sympathizer and subscriber to many deep ecology principles, I read David Watson’s How Deep Is Deep Ecology? with great interest. I learned a tremendous amount from it. His criticisms were penetrating and well …

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Beyond Bookchin (excerpts)

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Fifth Estate # 348, Fall, 1996

Introduction by Steve Welzer The text which begins on the following page is excerpted from Beyond Bookchin: Preface for a Future Social Ecology, a new title co-published in fall 1996 by Black & Red, Detroit, and Autonomedia, Brooklyn. Its author …

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Technological Invasion


Fifth Estate # 306, July, 1981

Note to Web version: In the print edition this article is erroneously attributed to Coquilles St. Jacques. The invasion by technological civilization of indigenous societies, be it through massive industrialization or through seemingly innocuous “microtechnologies” in the form of commodities, …

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Swamp Fever (excerpts)


Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

FE note. Excerpts from “Swamp Fever, Primitivism & the ‘Ideological Vortex’: Farewell to All That” first published in the Fall 1997 issue of Fifth Estate (vol. 32 #2 (Whole Number 350)). End note. // Share this on…