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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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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On the road to nowhere

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Fifth Estate # 350, Fall, 1997

Looking to change my life, at the age of nineteen I decided to pack my belongings into a knapsack and hitch-hike to California. Two miraculous rides carried me through prairies, deserts and mountains into Los Angeles to a friend’s place …

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Swamp Fever

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Fifth Estate # 350, Fall, 1997

A review of the following texts: Green Apocalypse, Luther Blissett, Stewart Home, and the Neoist Alliance (London: Unpopular Books [Box 15, 138 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS UK], 1996), £3.50 Into the 1990’s With Green Anarchist, Steve Booth (London: …

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Obituary

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Fifth Estate # 351, Summer 1998

In December 1997 two writers died who influenced our perspective: Rudolf Bahro and Cornelius Castoriadis, both former marxists capable of valuable insights as well as highly questionable positions. Bahro and Castoriadis were original thinkers, nevertheless, and deserve recognition as important …

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