The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism

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Fifth Estate # 319, Winter, 1985

Nationalism was proclaimed dead several times during the present century: —after the first world war, when the last empires of Europe, the Austrian and the Turkish, were broken up into self-determined nations, and no deprived nationalists remained, except the Zionists; …

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On the Machine in the Garden

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Fifth Estate # 321, Indian Summer, 1985

See also: “The Machine against the Garden” (author’s introduction) in this issue, FE #321, Indian Summer, 1985. Your comments as well as the urgings of other friends stimulated me to read Leo Marx’s book The Machine in the Garden. I …

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To The New York Review of B

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Fifth Estate # 321, Indian Summer, 1985

See also: “The Machine against the Garden” (author’s introduction) in this issue, FE #321, Indian Summer, 1985. Web archive note: Numbers in the text are related to references at the end. They are not errors in numbering endnotes. While skimming …

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The Machine against the Garden

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Fifth Estate # 321, Indian Summer, 1985

Critiques of economic development, material progress, technology and industry are not a discovery of the Fifth Estate. Human beings resisted the incursions from the earliest days, and many of North America’s best-known 19th century writers, among them Melville, Hawthorn and …

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Against Leviathan

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Fifth Estate # 311, Winter, 1983

This article, which began as a review of Frederick Turner’s inspiring work of intuitive history, Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness, is now the introductory section of a book in progress treating similar and related questions—the origins of …

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Anti-Semitism and the Beirut Pogrom

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Fifth Estate # 310, Fall 1982

Escape from death in a gas chamber or a Pogrom, or incarceration in a concentration camp, may give a thoughtful and capable writer, Solzhenitsyn for example, profound insights into many of the central elements of contemporary existence, but such an …

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Speaking to the Beast

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Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

Who, then, is the wrecker of the Biosphere? Turner points at the Western Spirit. This is the hero who pits himself against the Wilderness, who calls for a war of extermination by Spirit against Nature, Soul against Body, Technology against …

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The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism

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Fifth Estate # 373, Fall 2006

Industrialized nations have procured their preliminary capital by expropriating, deporting, persecuting and segregating, if not always by exterminating, people designated as legitimate prey. Kinships were broken, environments were destroyed, cultural orientations and ways were extirpated. // Share this on…

The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism (excerpt)

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Fifth Estate # 368-369, Spring-Summer, 2005

Every oppressed population can become a nation, a photographic negative of the oppressor nation, a place where the former packer is the supermarket’s manager, where the former security guard is the chief of police. By applying the correct strategy, every …

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