Birds Combat Civilization


Fifth Estate # 319, Winter, 1985

Humankind truly was not meant to fly, and birds keep trying to tell us so. As people and their flying machines continue to overpopulate the skies, not only do plane -to-plane collisions increase, but bird to plane collisions drastically increase …

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Rigoberta Menchu


Fifth Estate # 321, Indian Summer, 1985

Discussed in this article I…Rigoberta Menchu. An Indian Woman in Guatemala, Edited by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, translated by Ann Wright, The Thetford Press, Thetford, Norfolk, England, 1984. // Share this on…

Revolutionary Education


Fifth Estate # 335, Winter, 1990-91

a review of The Modern School Movement: Historical and Personal Notes on the Ferrer Schools in Spain, Contributions by Pura Perez, Mario Jordana, Abel Paz and Martha Ackelsberg, published by Friends of the Modern School, c/o Abe Bluestein, 55 Farmington …

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Some Winded, Wild Beast


Fifth Estate # 335, Winter, 1990-91

a review of Some Winded, Wild Beast, by Christina Pacosz. Black & Red (Detroit, 1985), 97 pages, $2.50. // Share this on…

Detroit: demolished by design


Fifth Estate # 335, Winter, 1990-91

It’s Thursday afternoon, and I’m jogging my two or three miles on the track at the downtown Detroit YMCA overlooking the gym where a group of about sixteen mostly black men are playing basketball. The man and woman who were …

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Aborigines Resist Genocide


Fifth Estate # 316, Spring, 1984

It is small wonder that most Americans are not the least big cognizant of the plight of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia; the mainstream press here in the United States does not even recognize the struggles of its own indigenous …

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Fifth Estate/Earth First!

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Fifth Estate # 333, Winter, 1990

It already seems like a long time ago, but this past June three of us from the Fifth Estate staff headed out by train to New Mexico for our first Earth First! (EF!) Round River Rendezvous (RRR). This was the …

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Aberration: The Automobile

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Fifth Estate # 325, Spring, 1987

Introduction It is said that the automobile industry created and brought life to the cities, but once again official history dangerously misrepresents and distorts the facts. In reality, it is responsible for the destruction of viable human communities and emblematic …

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Newspeak and the Impoverishment of Language


Fifth Estate # 315, Winter, 1984

In his appendix on language in the world of 1984, George Orwell explains that “Newspeak was the official language of Oceania and had been devised to meet the ideological needs of Ingsoc, or English Socialism.” Newspeak was created for the …

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Palestine: Legacy of Conquest


Fifth Estate # 328, Spring, 1988

Having consistently destroyed organized Palestinian political and military resistance to Zionist colonial conquest, Israel must now contend with what is fast becoming a massive and generalized civil revolt. // Share this on…