A Short History of our Offices as Autonomous Zones

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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

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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…

State Violence & Cuba’s Ladies in White

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Fifth Estate # 383, Summer, 2010

In March, Cuban police broke up a protest by the Ladies in White, women with family members sentenced to prison for opposing the government. The images of the women being dragged to a bus, their white clothes smeared with mud, …

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Cuba: From State to Private Capitalism

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Fifth Estate # 383, Summer, 2010

HAVANA — We entered the elevator on the ground floor of Havana’s renowned FOCSA building in the city’s Vedado district and were quickly whisked, non-stop, to the 33rd floor. When the doors opened, tuxedoed waiters welcomed us to La Torre, …

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Wilhelm Reich

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Fifth Estate # 383, Summer, 2010

INTRODUCTION (2010) In 1976, much of what had constituted the New Left of the previous years was in a state of terminal collapse. // Share this on…

The Vegetarian Myth

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Fifth Estate # 384, Spring, 2011

a review of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability by Lierre Keith, 320 pp, PM Press, 2009, $20 Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World. Revised edition, expanded & updated by Bob Torres and Jenna Torres, 222 pp, …

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Copyright or Wrong?

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Fifth Estate # 385, Fall, 2011

Most everyone knows that the small encircled, lower case letter “c” indicates that a piece of work is copyrighted, and that it designates legal protection of creative work and intellectual property. Perhaps the key word for this discussion is the …

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Occupy Confronts the Power of Money

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Fifth Estate # 386, Spring, 2012

A specter is haunting [the world]–the specter of [the Occupy movement]. All the powers of [the world] have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter. // Share this on…

The Empire Exits Iraq

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Fifth Estate # 386, Spring, 2012

When President Barack Obama announced on October 21 that the nine year U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq was ending, it didn’t even make first spot on many news reports. Another imperial slaughter had ground to an end, with many …

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A Response on Polyamory

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Fifth Estate # 389, Summer, 2013

No comment can be made about the writings and ideas of Andy Smith without first recognizing the enormous contributions he made to the Fifth Estate for almost twenty years. // Share this on…

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