The Paris Commune, The Right To Be Lazy & Surrealism


Fifth Estate # 409, Summer, 2021

“Work, now? Never, never. I’m on strike.” —Rimbaud This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune, an experiment in self-governance that is still inspiring today. It was born in response to the suffering caused by the Franco-Prussian War …

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Why Surrealism?


Fifth Estate # 397, Winter, 2017

Introduction As we explore routes out of today’s stifling, mechanized, crisis-bound world the FE staff opens the magazine’s pages to many forms of subversive research and many flavors of anarchic revolt.

Make Love; Not War!


Fifth Estate # 394, Summer 2015 - Technology

Words embody, embrace, define an era. Make Love, Not War, a slogan 1960s rebels created fifty years ago in March 1965 is still around today, often echoed, modified, mocked, transformed. (A wonderful Berkeley Bakery, for instance, boasts, “Make Bread, Not …

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Influencing Machines…


Fifth Estate # 390, Fall, 2013

Madness & the Surrealist Imagination The common denominator of the sorcerer, the poet and the madman cannot be anything but magic…the flesh and blood of poetry. –Benjamin Peret



Fifth Estate # 385, Fall, 2011

a review of Subversions: Anarchist Short Stories Ed. Anarchist Writers Bloc, Les Pages Noires 2011, Montreal 115 pages, Softcover, $14.95 U.S.

Disobedience: The antidote for miserablism


Fifth Estate # 386, Spring, 2012

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. — Oscar Wilde

Time & Reality


Fifth Estate # 388, Winter, 2013

a review of None of This Is Real by Miranda Mellis, Sidebrow Books, San Francisco, 2012, 115 pp., $18,