Encapsulating Anarchism


Fifth Estate # 414, Fall 2023

a review of Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction by Alex Prichard. Oxford University Press, 2023

Resistance to the violence of World War II


Fifth Estate # 413, Spring, 2023

a review of War by Other Means: The Pacifists of the Greatest Generation Who Revolutionized Resistance by Daniel Akst. Melville House, 2022

John Clark’s Possible Community


Fifth Estate # 413, Spring, 2023

a review of The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism, Second Edition by John P. Clark. PM Press, 2022

A Carnival Parade of Political Forms


Fifth Estate # 411, Spring, 2022

a review of The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2021

No More Mushrooms


Fifth Estate # 410, Fall, 2021

a review of No More Mushrooms: Thoughts About Life Without Government by Kirkpatrick Sale. Autonomedia 2021

Only Change is Permanent


Fifth Estate # 409, Summer, 2021

Critical theory is a bit like pornography, as a Supreme Court justice once said when asked to define the latter: “I know it when I see it.” Critical theory can be defined pretty loosely as well. It’s the multitude of …

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Why anarchists should take up the 50-year-old project of the Gray Panthers


Fifth Estate # 405, Winter, 2020

A friend tells me of his first job out of college. He was hired to run a senior center, not attached to a nursing home, in the Bronx.

Repression & Resistance


Fifth Estate # 401, Summer 2018

a review of Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000 by Kris Hermes. PM Press, 2015 pmpress.org

The War on the Elderly


Fifth Estate # 398, Summer, 2017

Now that Donald J. Trump has brought bogus right-wing populism back to the White House and Congress is under firm Republican control, serious talk about gutting Social Security and Medicare is again coursing through Washington.

Rebel Friendships


Fifth Estate # 397, Winter, 2017

Social movements, not establishment reformers, have nurtured and propelled the most important liberatory struggles of the last half-century, from the Civil Rights and Gay Rights struggles to the Feminist Movement to Native American nations recent uprisings against fracking and pipelines.