The Ludic Path to Utopia


Fifth Estate # 355, Fall-Winter, 2000

a review of Utopian Prospects, Communal Projects: Visionary Experiments in Literature and Everyday Life, Andy Sunfrog Smith, self-published, 2000, 65 pages, $12. Available from the author, post paid, at 1467 Pumpkin Hollow Rd. Liberty, TN 37095 // Share this on…

The Parable of the Horseshoe Crab & the Seagull


Fifth Estate # 406, Spring, 2020

“What have you got in your pockets, Apple Hat?” asked Mr. Anthill pulling at them. “Guts? Electric trains? Horseshoe crabs?” —W.A. Davison and Sherri Higgins, La Chasse A L’Objet Du Desir Once, while in my teens, my girlfriend and I …

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The Marvelous Dance of Anarchy & Individuality


Fifth Estate # 405, Winter, 2020

“There is no individuality without liberty, and liberty is the greatest menace to authority.” —Emma Goldman, The Individual, Society and the State (1937) // Share this on…

Toward A Surrealist Re-Enchantment of the World


Fifth Estate # 404, Summer, 2019

Anarchy and surrealism have had many enchanting encounters over the years, and the convivial nature of their ongoing interplay is easy to understand. Much like anarchists, surrealists are dissatisfied with the impoverished version of reality that governs our relationship to …

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Dancing to the Beat of Indigenous Resistance


Fifth Estate # 362, Fall, 2003

Black Indian identity charts a course that, by its own hybrid nature, sails beyond the simplistic binaries commonly associated with racial nationalism, while at the same time carving out its own cross-cultural position in the struggle against white supremacy. // …

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Where are You, Arnold Shultz?


Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

Though he never recorded, his spirit hovers over the American musical imagination, whispering his hidden secret worldwide to all those with ears to listen to the interraciality of what is typically portrayed as racially separate. // Share this on…

Anarchy in a Diasporic Key


Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

Imagine diasporic anarchy! While not all diasporas are African, I would like to focus upon the affinities between the African diaspora and anarchy using music as a touchstone. // Share this on…

Surrealism on the Barricades


Fifth Estate # 398, Summer, 2017

excerpt from Breaking Loose: Mutual Acquiescence or Mutual Aid? LBC Books, 2015, // Share this on…



Fifth Estate # 396, Summer, 2016

Broken leather latch time’s dispatch an oil-stained suitcase containing tar sands underwear surrounded by industrial overwear. Over where? Not over here you bastards not anywhere! This ain’t no time for caged canaries with velvet beaks. We must bite the hand …

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Teaching Anarchy


Fifth Estate # 366, Fall, 2004

There are many anarchist approaches to education from free-schooling to home-schooling to de-schooling and beyond. The experience recounted here occurred in a much less receptive learning environment. // Share this on…