Beyond the Mantic Ray


Fifth Estate # 324, Fall, 1986

  1. I am a sick man…a spiteful man. I think there is something wrong with my liver. I don’t think it was properly prepared. A crow keeps trying to snatch it from my plate with pearl-inlaid tongs, muttering about …

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Six Theses on Empire, Denial & Nuclearism


Fifth Estate # 345, Winter, 1995

1. Nuclearism is inherently totalitarian. The apparent controversy over nuclear power is not really a matter for debate: it mirrors the underlying question of social power. Its history makes this clear.

Insurgent Mexico!


Fifth Estate # 344, Summer, 1994

“The political status quo in Mexico died on January 1. Every Mexican institution is now in a state of crisis.” —El Financiero (Mexican business newspaper)

Civilization is Like a Jetliner


Fifth Estate # 314, Fall 1983

The night the Korean airliner crashed into the newspapers, I dreamed of a tornado. A tornado is a kind of spiral, which is the labyrinth and which is Death.

Saturn and Scientism


Fifth Estate # 304, December 31, 1980

There she is, looking vaguely pornographic on the glossy covers of the weekly magazines, the planet Saturn. What have we discovered? I don’t know, I haven’t read them, feeling squashed as I do to the Earth by the giddying inertia …

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Uncovering a Corpse


Fifth Estate # 307, November 19, 1981

The letters which appear in this issue of the Fifth Estate do not represent the entire correspondence which has grown out of the discussion on technology. Some of our exchanges with readers of the paper became too broad, too lengthy, …

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The Unabomber and the Future of Industrial Society


Fifth Estate # 348, Fall, 1996

“…If one has courage and daring without benevolence, one is like a madman wielding a sharp sword; if one is smart and swift without wisdom, one is as though riding on a fast mount but not knowing which way to …

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The Annunciation of the Papal Visit to Detroit


Fifth Estate # 326, Summer, 1987

All the city mourns, and the crumpled masses languish at the gates, and the cry of all the freeways has gone up. The politicians have sent their runners to the waters, but they have come with all their vessels empty. …

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July 1967


Fifth Estate # 326, Summer, 1987

July ’87 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Detroit riots: the largest American rebellion of the century. Reactions to an early morning police raid on a ghetto after-hours drinking spot began with stones and bricks aimed at cop cars and …

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Patriot Songs


Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

‘I hear America singing’ “—so what.” — D. Campion