Anarchic Justice at the End of History


Fifth Estate # 406, Spring, 2020

It has been said that self-preservation is the first law of nature, and that the basis of justice lies in protecting ourselves from one another. This is a perennial lie of the system of domination. // Share this on…

Raging Against the Machine


Fifth Estate # 405, Winter, 2020

a review of Red Round Globe Hot Burning: A Tale at the Crossroads of Commons and Closure, of Love and Terror, of Race and Class, and of Kate and Ned Despard by Peter Linebaugh. University of California Press, 2019 // …

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The Dialectic of Enchantment


Fifth Estate # 404, Summer, 2019

According to a certain conventional wisdom, there has been an unfortunate disenchantment of the world, and what is desperately needed is that we rediscover and recreate an enchanted world. This is, however, at best a half truth, and perhaps even …

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The Revolution Will be Powered by Shakti Energy


Fifth Estate # 403, Spring 2019

I traveled to Dharamsala, India in 2005 to set up a one-month summer study program, in collaboration with the Louisiana Himalaya Association, and have taken groups of students there periodically since then. During last summer’s trip, we visited renowned ecofeminist …

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Anything Can Happen—Or Not


Fifth Estate # 402, Winter 2019

“Sous les paves, la plage!” [Under the paving stones, the beach!] —Revolutionary slogan; Paris 1968 1968 was an “Anything Can Happen” kind of year. // Share this on…

The Geography of Possibility


Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017

a review of The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation by Simon Springer. University of Minnesota Press, 2016 // Share this on…

Sam Dolgoff


Fifth Estate # 397, Winter, 2017

a review of Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff by Anatole Dolgoff; Introduction by Andrew Cornell. AK Press, 2016, 391 pp., $22. // Share this on…

Happy Birthday, Utopia!


Fifth Estate # 396, Summer, 2016

This year marks five-hundred years since the appearance of English social philosopher, author, statesman, and Renaissance humanist Thomas More’s famous Utopia. We might also consider that it is just over five-hundred years since the definitive anti-utopia, Machiavelli’s The Prince was …

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The Tao of Anarchy


Fifth Estate # 351, Summer 1998

This essay originally appeared in John Clark’s now out-of-print The Anarchist Moment: Reflections on Culture, Nature and Power (Black Rose Books, Montreal, 1984) as “Master Lao and the Anarchist Prince.” John is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Environmental Studies …

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Letter from New Orleans


Fifth Estate # 371, Winter 2006

The following letter was sent to an International Conference on Elisee Reclus, the 19th century anarchist geographer and political theorist. The conference, which was held in Milan on October 12-13, was one of several planned for 2005 to celebrate the …

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