Fifth Estate # 396, Summer, 2016

Share this on… 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

Mass Media and the Crests of Human Destruction


Fifth Estate # 374, Winter 2007

Share this on… 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. Share this on…

It’s Anarchy Time!


Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

Share this on… 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

H. Leivick, Anarchism & Yiddish Theatre


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

Share this on… 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

The African Road to Anarchism?


Fifth Estate # 378, Summer 2008

Share this on… 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. Share this on…

Making the Impossible Community Possible


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

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

“The People’s Luck”


Fifth Estate # 380, Spring 2009

Share this on… For the past two summers, I accompanied my wife, who speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, to China so we could tour part of the country before she started summer school in a master’s program in Chinese literature in

The Occupation of Public Space: New York, Beijing, Oaxaca


Fifth Estate # 381, Summer-Fall 2009

Share this on… Robert Neuwirth, in his important book, Shadow Cities, says squatters in countries such as Turkey, Brazil, and India, are the poor, usually excluded from the adequate wage work, who do not have the wherewithal to enter the

Vietnam: Where the Political is Still Personal


Fifth Estate # 385, Fall, 2011

Share this on… a review of In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary, by Ngo Van; Eds. Ken Knabb and Helene Fleury; Trans. Helene Fleury, Hillary Horrocks, Ken Knabb, and Naomi Sager; AK Press; 2010; $19.95 Share this on…

Anarchism and the Anti-Authoritarian Personality


Fifth Estate # 387, Summer, 2012

Share this on… All generalizations founder on the rock of their exceptions, but can it be said that certain definable character structures emanate from one’s political philosophy or position within capital’s work apparatus? Share this on…

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