Life is Not a Machine

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Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017

Share this on… I recently read an incredibly annoying article in a 2015 New York Review of Books. This liberal-policy-wonk and literary monthly is run by Secular Humanoids, i.e., people trained by universities in the humanities who worship science than

Roses and Nightingales

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Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

Share this on… Introduction The military dictator Reza’ Shah Pahlavi changed the name of Persia to Iran in 1935. This move was part of a broader effort to craft a nation through the celebration of a largely imaginary Indo-Aryan past

Tombeau for L

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Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

Share this on… Introductory note by Sunfrog People connected with the ‘zine and mail art communities of the 1980s or with the rural, artistic, experimental music factions of the anarchist milieu in the 1990s might remember the co-founder of Dreamtime

Take Back the Night

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Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

Share this on… Electricity was known to the ancients. Archaeologists found primitive batteries in Crete—probably based on lost Mesopotamian or Egyptian prototypes. Clearly the old mages kept it a deep secret. Franklin didn’t discover it, he appropriated it from Hermeticism

Domestication

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Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

Share this on… The hunter/gatherer school of anarcho-anthropology and the anarchist critique of Civilization (e.g., Perlman’s Leviathan) proposed the domestication of plants and animals as the first step toward separation and ultimately the State. Share this on…

Pastoral Letter

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Fifth Estate # 367, Winter 2004-2005

Share this on… Imagine an alternate dimension where dervishes are roaming around America sects of Swedenborgian hobos, etc. You’re there camping in the cemetery long black hair in tangles ghostwhite face Share this on…

Secular Antinomian Anabaptist Neo-Luddism

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Fifth Estate # 372, Spring 2006

Share this on… “By banning the telephone from the home, Old Order Amish…try to maintain the primacy of communication within the context of community.” –D.Z. Umble “Church splits are bad, some things are worse, and one of them is to

The Alchemy of Luddism

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Fifth Estate # 373, Fall 2006

Share this on… for Diane di Prima St. John’s Eve (Midsummer) 2006 1. It’s the idea of code that’s cool not the actual bother of decipherment: the utopia of not having been in a state of anticipation or regret. The

Robert Anton Wilson

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Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

Share this on… For all we knew, Robert Anton Wilson and I were related. On an intuitive basis–i.e., after several rounds of Jameson’s and Guinness–we decided we were cousins. Subsequently we came to believe ourselves connected to the Wilsons who

Diane Di Prima’s “Revolutionary Letters”

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Fifth Estate # 376, Halloween, 2007

Share this on… a review of Diane di Prima, Revolutionary Letters San Francisco: Last Gasp, 2007. 160 pages, available for $15 from the Barn Share this on…

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