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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Diane Di Prima’s “Revolutionary Letters”


Fifth Estate # 376, Halloween, 2007

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



Fifth Estate # 377, March 2008

Swear fealty to the dark leprechaunism of revenge Social Camouflage Fabulous Insularity become a lump of sensual actuality in the thin gruel of Spectacular Electromagnetism Set your basement afloat. // Share this on…

An Army of Jacks


Fifth Estate # 378, Summer 2008

In fairy tales, humans can possess exterior souls, things magically containing or embodying individual life force–stone, egg, ring, bird or animal, etc. If the thing is destroyed, the human dies. But while the thing persists, the human enjoys a kind …

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Mallarmé: Anarchist


Fifth Estate # 391, Spring/Summer 2014 - Anarchy!

“…all poets are outlaws.” –Stephane Mallarmé, The Evolution of Literature (1891) Art historians, literary historians and theorists seldom bother to learn anything about their subjects outside their own little bailiwicks, especially when it comes to anarchism. // Share this on…

Notes on Play


Fifth Estate # 379, Fall, 2008

Play sets up temporary arbitrary rules for itself to test the very boundlessness of its freedom. If not for the emergence of the State, we would by now have a science based on the principle of play rather than terror. …

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