The beasts of the Southwest desert have a message for us


Fifth Estate # 412, Fall, 2022

a review of A Desert Pilgrim’s Bestiary by Anthony Walent, author; Maurice Spira, Illustrator. Eberhardt Press, 2019

Stashing the Tacky Little Pamphlets


Fifth Estate # 411, Spring, 2022

You might assume that a Tacky Little Pamphlet (TLP) is just another name for a mini-zine. In a way, you are correct. It usually refers to a format of a single sheet folded into eight sections, cut up the middle, …

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This World We Must Leave


Fifth Estate # 410, Fall, 2021

a review of When We Are Human by John Zerzan. Feral House 2021

Why Zines Refuse to Die


Fifth Estate # 406, Spring, 2020

Why would someone continue to read and publish xeroxed zines two decades into the 21st century? Didn’t the technocracy announce that this variety of underground publishing was superseded by the hyper-mediated cybernetic dream web?



Fifth Estate # 405, Winter, 2020

“News is the dialogue of fragmented power with itself. Notice how scientists, politicians or businessmen now complain that even they only learn about the events they manage from the news.

How Rational is Rationality?


Fifth Estate # 403, Spring 2019

There is something faulty with the concept of humans as rational animals. It defines humanity by a limited criterion and tries to separate humans from our animal being. This sets up a hierarchy in which the true human is defined …

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Dismantling the Biomechanical Leviathan


Fifth Estate # 402, Winter 2019

In Raoul Vaneigem’s 1967 Situationist treatise, The Revolution of Everyday Life, he recounts what resulted from the flooding of the basement of Ivan Pavlov’s laboratory where the Russian physiologist kept his famous salivating dogs as experiments in classical conditioning.

What does it mean to be human or transhuman?


Fifth Estate # 401, Summer 2018

a review of The Transhuman Future: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow. Tor Books, 2003

The X-Files


Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017

The X-Files, the science fiction television series that aired from 1993 to 2002, featured fictional FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully concerned with unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena and aliens. Its popularity was such that it made many young …

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Crime as Struggle


Fifth Estate # 397, Winter, 2017

Law is the framework that props up the state, the matrix that nourishes authority. Law is a web of prohibition and mandate. It is one of the mechanisms that ensure that each individual fills an assigned role. It is a …

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