Zapping the Pyramid


Fifth Estate # 403, Spring 2019

Excerpted from Fifth Estate #367-368, Spring-Summer 2005 40th anniversary issue. This is an edited version of Don’s essay. The design shows a pyramid surmounted by an eye being blasted by a bolt of lightning. Bannered beneath the collapsing pyramid is …

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Charles Fourier Prefigures Our Total Refusal


Fifth Estate # 362, Fall, 2003

Issue #12 of Internationale Situationniste reported that, during a general strike in Paris on March 10, 1969, a group identified only as the “Guy-Lassac Street Barricaders” erected a handmade bronze-coated plaster statue of Charles Fourier. The new monument was placed …

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Freedom Dreams


Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

a review of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination, by Robin D.G. Kelley, Beacon Press, Boston, 2002. // Share this on…



Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

Before becoming Situationists and involving themselves in the business of social war and cultural revolution in 1960s Europe, Guy Debord and his friends were active in the Lettrist International. They read too much Baudelaire and Marx, drank too much cheap …

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Democracy in Iraq


Fifth Estate # 364, Spring, 2004

Ironically, Iraqi Shi’ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is currently disrupting US plans to democratize Iraq by demanding that the upcoming election process be more democratic. The Coalition Provisional Authority has balked at al-Sistani’s proposals, as it prefers the process for …

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Mars First!


Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

“The tighter that our humanity closes ranks to conquer nature on Mars, the tighter the elements close theirs to avenge the victory.” —from Aleksandr Malinovskii Bogdanov’s Red Star (1908) // Share this on…

Schools of the Americas


Fifth Estate # 366, Fall, 2004

In The Underground History of American Education, the renegade educator John Taylor Gatto traces the genealogy of compulsory public-school education in the US back to the system of pedagogy created in the nineteenth-century northern European state of Prussia. Prussia is …

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Everybody but Bush

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Fifth Estate # 366, Fall, 2004

Don LaCoss The election is already over and we have lost. The name of the president for the next four years won’t be announced until November 3, but I know right now that the guy who won is a white …

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Post-election post-mortem

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Fifth Estate # 367, Winter 2004-2005

Editorial 1: Don LaCoss It’s finally over. Now we can get back to work. Over the last seven months a surprising number of our comrades were increasingly distracted by the seductive spectacle of humiliating Bush and Cheney on a grand …

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The Lynching of Wobbly Frank Little


Fifth Estate # 370, Fall 2005

a review of “An Injury to One” (2002). Written and directed by Travis Wilkerson // Share this on…