Precarious Dreams


Fifth Estate # 411, Spring, 2022

Just as obtaining job-related income is being made more precarious every day by automation, our sleeping hours are now increasingly under siege by the forces of techno-capitalism. In order to more fully understand the growing vulnerability of our dreams to …

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Anarchist Cabaret


Fifth Estate # 361, Summer 2003

a review of The Anarchist and the Devil Do Cabaret by Norman Nawrocki, Black Rose Books, 2002, 192 pp., $20

Tuning in to the Media Dreamscape


Fifth Estate # 359, Winter, 2002-2003

  Introduction From September 10-15, the Cascadia Media Alliance hosted a Reclaim The Media Convergence in Seattle. Held during the week of the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), this occasion was an opportunity to protest the …

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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

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)

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.

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.

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.