How a Student Revolt Made a New World Possible


Fifth Estate # 414, Fall 2023

a review of Red Squared Montreal: A Fictional Chronicle by Norman Nawrocki. Black Rose Books, 2023

Watching the Clock


Fifth Estate # 412, Fall, 2022

a review of The Lady Anarchist Café: Poems and Stories by Lorraine Schein. Autonomedia, 2022

Reticent Verse


Fifth Estate # 408, Winter, 2021

A review of Digigram by Barbara Henning. United Artists Books 2020 Many poets have used broad strokes to deplore the current reactionary environment (as Eliot Katz does so superbly in President Predator), expressing their outrage, disgust and sadness, but Barbara …

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Feminism & the Politics of the Commons


Fifth Estate # 404, Summer, 2019

a review of Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons by Silvia Federici, Foreword by Peter Linebaugh. PM Press, 2019



Fifth Estate # 396, Summer, 2016

We are all familiar with the ruthless stereotyping and blatant falsification of anarchism in the mass media employing out-dated, long exploded cliches such as that anarchists are solely interested in destruction, fueled by an infantile rage. It was these stereotypes …

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Mass Media and the Crests of Human Destruction


Fifth Estate # 374, Winter 2007

Cultural theorist Raymond Williams has suggested that the technology for television was available years before it was utilized. It was held back because the conditions for it were not ripe yet.

It’s Anarchy Time!


Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

I begin with two insights. Global systems theorist, Immanuel Wallerstein, argues that throughout capitalist history the working class has been divided into a proletariat, which makes a living solely through waged labor, and a semi-proletariat which in its contemporary incarnation, …

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H. Leivick, Anarchism & Yiddish Theatre


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

There is a staple of the Yiddish theater written in 1921 entitled, The Golem (sort of a Jewish Frankenstein). It still remains quite popular in translation including a 2002 Off-Broadway run. I saw it performed in 1984 at a free …

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The African Road to Anarchism?


Fifth Estate # 378, Summer 2008

My experiences on a recent trip to The Gambia on Africa’s west-central coast, brought to mind the historic leftist dream that the state will wither away once workers have overturned capitalism.

Making the Impossible Community Possible


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

a review of The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism by John P. Clark. Bloomsbury, 2013, 272 pp., $30 paper; $120 hardback;