Venezuela—An Anarchist at the World Social Forum


Fifth Estate # 372, Spring 2006

Barrel-assing around hair-pin turns at 6am in a crowded bus on a road with no barriers between us and a two thousand foot drop was not the manner in which I anticipated arriving in Venezuela for the Sixth World Social …

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Fifth Estate # 373, Fall 2006

1. The Wedding and Other Stories, Cara Hoffman, Factory School Southpaw Culture, 2006, 114 pp., Available from the Barn // Share this on…

The State and Longing for Arcadia


Fifth Estate # 373, Fall 2006

reviewed here: The State, Harold Barclay, Freedom Press, London, 2003, 109 pp. Longing for Arcadia: Memoirs of an AnarchoCynicalist Anthropologist, Harold B. Barclay, Trafford, 2005, Victoria, BC, 362 pp. // Share this on…

In Chavez’s Venezuela


Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

Just the headline above alone probably condemns us to the gulag by uncritical leftist supporters of Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian socialist revolution. But like most issues that vex the left, a look beneath the surface always provides more than what initially …

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Has Bush Doomed Christianity?


Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

Perhaps the only positive result of the reign of the murderous moron in the White House as chieftain of the American empire is to what depths he has sunk the popular perception of Christianity. // Share this on…

Escaping from Europe


Fifth Estate # 377, March 2008

“[The Arawaks]…brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned …They were well built, with good bodies and handsome features….They …

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An Anarchist in Cuba


Fifth Estate # 378, Summer 2008

On February 2, I stepped off a plane that had left a frigid Toronto three and a half hours earlier and landed in the balmy sunshine of Holguin, Cuba. It was impossible to know then that I had arrived two …

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Nope to Hope


Fifth Estate # 380, Spring 2009

ANNOUNCER: The leader’s coming. He approaches. He’s bending. He’s unbending. He’s jumping. He’s crossed the river. ‘They’re shaking his hand. He sticks out his thumb. // Share this on…

A Short History of our Offices as Autonomous Zones


Fifth Estate # 368-369, Spring-Summer, 2005

Hakim Bey, whose writings frequently appear in these pages, is perhaps best known for his book the TAZ–temporary autonomous zone–that describes when normally domesticated space is liberated, if only for a moment, for festive and subversive moments of happiness. // …

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How Once Dangerous Signs and Slogans Become Appropriated to Mean Their Opposite or Nothing


Fifth Estate # 383, Summer, 2010

The dominant culture’s appropriation and enfeeblement of language that was once angrily thrust against it is nothing new. // Share this on…