Fool’s Day


Fifth Estate # 404, Summer, 2019

Since the anti-wizard who disenchanted the world was Capitalism, we must assume that Capitalism will have to vanish by evolutionary necessity in order for re-enchantment to triumph. // Share this on…

Life is Not a Machine


Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017

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 most scientists, who …

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Roses and Nightingales


Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

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 at a time …

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Tombeau for L


Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

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 Village, Lyx Ish, …

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Take Back the Night


Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

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 and gave it …

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Fifth Estate # 365, Summer, 2004

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


Fifth Estate # 367, Winter 2004-2005

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


Fifth Estate # 372, Spring 2006

“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 keep on compromising …

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The Alchemy of Luddism


Fifth Estate # 373, Fall 2006

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 Dowager Empress took …

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Robert Anton Wilson


Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

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 play so murky …

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