A Humble Call to Subvert the Human Empire

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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…

All Isms are Wasms

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Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

Introduction by Sunfrog As one of the more outspoken non-atheists in the FE collective, it’s fitting that one of my early memories of the project was an argument about religion. I was hanging out in the office under the auspices …

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Limitations of Leftism

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Fifth Estate # 395, Winter 2016 - 50th Anniversary

The article from which this excerpt is taken, “Stopping the Industrial Hydra: Revolution Against the Megamachine,” appeared in our Winter 1990 issue. It provides analyses of the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 1989 from the standpoint of a global …

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