How Rational is Rationality?


Fifth Estate # 403, Spring 2019

// Share this on…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 …

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Dismantling the Biomechanical Leviathan


Fifth Estate # 402, Winter 2019

// Share this on…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 …

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What does it mean to be human or transhuman?


Fifth Estate # 401, Summer 2018

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

The X-Files


Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017

// Share this on…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 …

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Crime as Struggle


Fifth Estate # 397, Winter, 2017

// Share this on…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. …

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Future Tension


Fifth Estate # 396, Summer, 2016

// Share this on…What happened to the future? The twenty-first century was supposed to be a new era; an age of liberty, love, and lucid life. The old world of misery was scheduled to be destroyed. // Share this on…

The Control of Computerized Television


Fifth Estate # 394, Summer 2015 - Technology

// Share this on…In another age, in a different lifetime, David Watson (under the name, George Bradford) wrote in the Spring 1984 Fifth Estate: “While there may be reason for concern about computer threats to privacy, it is generally overlooked …

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VR Troopers


Fifth Estate # 392, Fall/Winter 2014 - Art & Anarchy

// Share this on…Way back in the 1990s, the bleeding edge of the cyberpunk counterculture was in conflict over what the next stage of technological transformation was to be. On one side were the psychedelic, techno-shamans of virtual reality (VR). …

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Insurrections of Imagination


Fifth Estate # 391, Spring/Summer 2014 - Anarchy!

// Share this on…a review of The Collected Writings of Renzo Novatore. Translated by Wolfi Landstreicher. Ardent Press, 2012, $13, 300 pp., // Share this on…

Against the Poverty of Language and Thought


Fifth Estate # 390, Fall, 2013

// Share this on… Cell phones are an overpowering, ever present factor in society. A factor which has multiplied at a staggering rate. // Share this on…

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