Bookchin Agonistes


Fifth Estate # 349, Summer 1997

a review of Murray Bookchin, Re-enchanting Humanity: A defense of the human spirit against anti-humanism, misanthropy, mysticism and Primitivism (London: Cassell, 1995) 284 pp

Deserving the Best


Fifth Estate # 409, Summer, 2021

a review of Surrealism: Inside the Magnetic Fields by Penelope Rosemont. City Lights Books 2020



Fifth Estate # 359, Winter, 2002-2003

The following essay is a slightly abridged version of a longer work that will appear in Max Cafard’s forthcoming book: The Surregionalist Manifesto and Other Essays, to be published by Exquisite Corpse (and available through FE). “Wander where there is …

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The Tao of Capitalism


Fifth Estate # 355, Fall-Winter, 2000

Lao Tzu was the mythic “Old Sage” of ancient China. We’re not sure whether he actually existed, but we do know that he founded Taoist philosophy. His legendary Tao te Ching, the “Classic of the Way and its Power,” is …

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Surre(gion)alist Manifesto


Fifth Estate # 341, Spring 1993

Dedication “Here we cast anchor in rich earth.” —Tristan Tzara, Dada Manifesto (1918)

The Dragons of Brno


Fifth Estate # 347, Spring, 1996

Hanging above the entrance way to the Town Hall of Brno, the capital of Moravia, is a Dragon. The famous Dragon of Brno. The Monster, which stares down through glassy eyes upon all who enter this seat of political power, …

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Welcome to the Idiocene


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

It has been proposed that the present era of life on earth should be called the Anthropocene to reflect the human domination of our planet. However, an elegant, scientific-sounding term like anthropocene seems like a cop-out, a handy euphemism to …

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Zen Anarchy


Fifth Estate # 368-369, Spring-Summer, 2005

What is the Sound of One Hand making a Clenched Fist? If you see a Black Flag waving on the Flagpole, what moves? Does the flag move? Does the wind move? Does the revolutionary movement move?

“The Politics of the Imagination”


Fifth Estate # 385, Fall, 2011

[The] utopia of domination is utopia as escapism. This danger is especially real for those utopians who have been frustrated in their efforts to realize their dreams, or who do not even reach the level of praxis.