Civilization is Like a Jetliner

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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. // Share this on…

Saturn and Scientism

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Fifth Estate # 363, Winter, 2003/2004

‘I hear America singing’ “—so what.” — D. Campion // Share this on…

Against the Megamachine

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Fifth Estate # 306, July, 1981

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot’ stamping on the human face—forever.” —O’Brien, in Orwell’s 1984 How do we begin to discuss something as immense as technology? To investigate it means to investigate the totality of …

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Riots Revisited

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Fifth Estate # 376, Halloween, 2007

“July1967” by T. Fulano, from FE 326, Summer 1987 It was a full scale beggar’s banquet, the return of the repressed, a surprise party. The city people, young and old, black and white, went through the pawnshop windows like meteorites. …

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