We All Live in Bhopal

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Fifth Estate # 319, Winter, 1985

[Web archive note: The original print edition of this article did not list an author. The article was reprinted in David Watson’s Against the Megamachine (Autonomedia, 1998).] // Share this on…

Catching Fish in Chaotic Waters

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Fifth Estate # 345, Winter, 1995

Introduction The following text is a speech given by Fifth Estate staff member David Watson at a conference on July 9, 1994 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, hosted by the New Jersey Greens. Entitled “A Radical Ecology Forum: Ecological …

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Thoughts on the Disappearance of History

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Fifth Estate # Daily Barbarian Number 8

Thoughts on the Disappearance of History by David Watson Daily Barbarian > Thoughts on the Disappearance of History “so that when there is no more story that will be our story when there is no forest that will be our …

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The President Came to Boipatong

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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

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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

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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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Hail Red Army Nerve Gas!

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Fifth Estate # 307, November 19, 1981

In politics nothing can be taken at face value; many times what passes for an elaborately drawn political point of view is little more than a posture which conceals psychopathology. Trotskyism, a stillborn variety of marxism notable for the bizarre …

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