The Dialectic of Enchantment


Fifth Estate # 404, Summer, 2019

// Share this on…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, …

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The Revolution Will be Powered by Shakti Energy


Fifth Estate # 403, Spring 2019

// Share this on…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 …

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Anything Can Happen—Or Not


Fifth Estate # 402, Winter 2019

// Share this on…“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

// Share this on…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

// Share this on…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

// Share this on…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 …

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The Tao of Anarchy


Fifth Estate # 351, Summer 1998

// Share this on…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 …

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Letter from New Orleans


Fifth Estate # 371, Winter 2006

// Share this on…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 …

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The Society of the Spectacle Reconsidered


Fifth Estate # 393, Spring 2015

// Share this on…a review of The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord Newly translated & annotated by Ken Knabb, Bureau of Public Secrets, 2014, 150 pages. $15. // Share this on…

Remembering Helen Hill


Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

// Share this on…On February 24, I joined a large crowd to march in a jazz funeral celebrating the life of our friend, the filmmaker and community activist, Helen Hill. Helen was murdered at her home on January 4 by …

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