Fifth Estate Collective
The FE Book Service is located in the same place as the Fifth Estate Newspaper, both of which are located at 4403 Second Avenue, Detroit MI 48201 — telephone (313) 831–6800. The hours we are open vary considerably, so it’s always best to give us a call before coming down.
INTERNATIONAL BLACKLIST by the Blacklist Group
An amazingly extensive listing of anarchist and libertarian publications, bookstores, organizations (ugh!), and contacts throughout the world. It’s incredible that so many addresses could be assembled in one volume, but it’s been done & attractively so.
Self-published 140 pp., $3.50
TELOS: A Quarterly Journal of Radical Thought Spring 1983
A special issue on French “socialism.” Articles on Mitterrand, the French CP and SP, the “Agony of Marxism” and more. Interviews with Michel Foucault and Andre Gorz.
Telos Press 239 pp., $5.50
TELOS: A Quarterly Journal of Radical’ Thought Fall 1982 and Winter 1983
Fall 1982 No. 53 contains articles by Castoriadis, “The Crisis of Western Society,” Casanova, “The Modernization of Spain,” Rittersporn, “The 1930s in Soviet History” and a special section on “Poland and the Continuing Eastern European Crisis.” Also Notes and Commentaries and book reviews.
Winter 1983 No. 54 is a Special Issue on Terrorism and State Terrorism and contains essays by Corradi, “Terror in Argentina,” Reiman “Political Trials of the Stalin Era,” Bobbio “Italy’s Permanent Crisis” and others.
Telos Press 240 pp., $5.50 ea.
TO THE HONORABLE MISS S. by B. Traven
Written under the name Ret Marut during the World War I years in Germany when Traven was editor of the anti-war paper Der Ziegelbrenner (The Brickburner). The fifteen stories foreshadow many of the libertarian and moral themes which would appear later in THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE, THE DEATH SHIP and THE WHITE ROSE.
Lawrence Hill & Co. 149 pp., $5.95
THE WHITE ROSE by B.Traven
In the clash between Mexican rural life and the power of American industrialism, Traven aptly illustrates what we have traded for the modern world. The book describes the discovery and exploitation of Mexico’s oil resources by the rapacious giants of the U.S. oil industry and the destruction of a Mexican Indian hacienda, La Rosa Blanca, which stood in their way.
Lawrence Hill & Co. 209 pp. Hardcover, Published at $8.95; now $5.95
THE END OF ANARCHISM? by Luigi Galleani
This volume was first published as a pamphlet in 1925 as an expanded version of a series of articles which had appeared twenty years earlier in Cronaca Sovversiva as a reply to an assertion by a former anarchist that the movement was no longer vital. Initially conceived of as a rebuttal, it developed into an eloquent expression of Galleani’s anarchist-communism, which remains radical and relevant to this day. The union and organization compromises embraced by so many contemporary anarchists are roundly denounced while support for the concept of armed insurrection and the propaganda of the deed receive sympathetic treatment. This edition contains an introduction by Max Sartin, a collaborator of Galleani’s and editor of L’Adunata dei Refrattari, the last major Italian anarchist journal of North America which was published for fifty years, 1922 to 1971.
ANTI-SEMITISM & THE BEIRUT POGROM by Fredy Perlman
A Fifth Estate reprint. “The long exile is over; the persecuted refugee at long last returns to Zion, but so badly scarred he’s unrecognizable, he has completely lost his self; he returns as anti-Semite, as Pogromist, as mass murderer; the ages of exile and suffering are still included in his makeup, but only as self-justifications, and as a repertory of horrors to impose on Primitives and even on Earth herself.” —from the text.
Left Bank Books 16 pp., $.50
AGAINST HIS-STORY, AGAINST LEVIATHAN by Fredy Perlman
In a poetic style which leaves the terrain of history as it excoriates it, AGAINST LEVIATHAN traces the origins of the state, the destruction of myth-centered, communitarian, free societies by authoritarian machines and economic social relations, the varied forms of resistance to and flight from the state.
Black & Red 302 pp., $3.00
BEYOND GEOGRAPHY: THE WESTERN SPIRIT AGAINST THE WILDERNESS by Frederick Turner
Traces the “spiritual history” that led up to the European domination and decimation of aboriginal cultures as rich in mythic life as the West was barren. Beginning with the first separation from the wilderness in the days of the Israelites, and thus from the myths that had nurtured them and connected them with the land, and ending with Buffalo Bill’s hollow triumphs over his “Wild West,” Turner follows the unconscious desire in the Western invaders for the spiritual contentment they sensed in those “primitives” they encountered in their invasions.
Viking 329 pp. Orig. $16.95, now $5.00
LIKE A SUMMER WITH A THOUSAND JULYS
An indepth analysis of the riots which swept England last year and the potential they contain for a generalized revolt. Considerable detail is given to the different social forces at work to either expand or contract the upsurge—the rastas and skinheads, unions and punks, cops and corporations are all covered.
BM Blob 8.5 X 11, 55 pp., $2.00
A NEW WORLD IN OUR HEARTS: The Face of Spanish Anarchism edited by Albert Meltzer
The collected essays offer a brief history of Spanish anarchism during the Civil War years and through to the present.
Cienfuegos Press 100 pp. Hardcover $5.00
ANARCHISTS IN THE SPANISH REVOLUTION by Jose Peirats
Written by a participant in the events of the 1930s, this volume traces the history of the anarcho-syndicalist union, the CNT, from its origins through to the Revolution. Not an apology or glorification, but a thoroughgoing analysis of the successes and failures of the anarchist movement.
Self-Published 400 pp., $3.50
THE ANARCHISTS IN THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION edited by Paul Avrich
The story of the Russian anarchists during the Revolution and Civil War (1917–21) told by the Participants themselves. Included are articles and manifestos, speeches and resolutions, letters and diaries, poems and songs. Includes an introduction and commentary by Avrich.
Cornell U. Press 179 pp., $4.00
NO MIDDLE GROUND: Anti-authoritarian Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean Issue No. 1 Spring 1983.
An excellent publication which examines a region often ignored by libertarians. It takes its name from the situation developing in Latin America and the Caribbean: that the models of social change subsidized by the Western and Eastern powers have failed, and that no viable alternative exists other than that of a self-managed revolution. Articles on Jamaica, Chile, Cuba and a major piece on Nicaragua exposing the Sandanistas for creating a bureaucratic state apparatus. Also contains a directory of latin libertarian groups.
No Middle Ground 62 pp., $1.50
ON HOMOSEXUALITY: A Stalino-Leninist Guide to Love & Sex
Based around the now defunct Revolutionary Union’s statement on gays, this pamphlet shows the rampant homophobia present on the Left and right from the horse’s mouth. Also, prominent leftists like Lenin and Castro, as well as their epigones, march forward to warn you to beware of homosexuals. Did you know that a good revolutionary does not masturbate? A real classic!
Self-published, unpaginated, $.75
PEOPLE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT: An Anthropology of Anarchism by Harold Barclay; preface by Alex Comfort
Anarchy, in fact, has characterized much of the human past. This book describes the anarchic political structures of a number of these societies. Special attention is given to the techniques of leadership, maintaining order and decision making. The dynamic between freedom and authority is considered, particularly the apparent tendency of anarchic polities to degenerate into states with government and for organizations to become oligarchies.
Cienfuegos Press 150 pp., $8.00
FRENCH MARXISTS AND THEIR ANTHROPOLOGY by Pierre Clastres
This essay was penned by Clastres a few days before his death, and was never revised or finished by him. It has appeared in various libertarian publications in Europe. Clastres declares, “In spite of the fact that ethnomarxism is still a powerful current in the human sciences, marxist ethnology is of an absolute, or rather, radical nullity-null at the root.” Includes two rather nasty responses from Maurice Godelier and Claude Meillassoux.
28 pp., 25 cents
FOUR ARGUMENTS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF TELEVISION by Jerry Mander
One of our favorite books which goes beyond its title and examines the entire spectacular nature of modern society. It argues that television is unreformable and that its problems are inherent in its technology-dangerous to health and sanity, to autonomous and democratic forms of life-that it must be eliminated entirely.
Morrow 371 pp., $5.95
CIENFUEGOS PRESS ANARCHIST REVIEW NUMBER 6/SUMMER 1982
Although just made available to us as of this issue, the CPAR remains topical, lively and provocative. Features a major article on the British. Special Air Service Regiment as a model for an English police state; also “The Anarchist Movement in Mexico,” “Libertarian Communism,” cartoons, parody ads, and many book reviews.
Cienfuegos Press 50 pp., $2.00
THE MIRROR OF PRODUCTION by Jean Baudrillard
Examines the lessons of Marxism which has created a productivist model and a fetishism of labor. Asserts that Marxism reflects “all of Western metaphysics” and that it remains within the restrictive context of political economy whence it was born.
Telos Press 167 pp., $4.50
Lessons of the Spanish Revolution by Vernon Richards
Just reprinted by Freedom Press, this edition contains new footnotes by the author and a review of Hugh Thomas’ THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR. Richards’ critical views of the revolution, the role of the CNT and FAI, and libertarian tactics, makes it as controversial and valuable as it was when the first edition was published 30 years ago. Highly recommended.
Freedom Press 256 pp., $5.75
AGAINST DOMESTICATION by Jacques Camatte
Camatte has emerged from the “Hegelian thickets” many have accused him of dwelling in and written a fairly intelligible essay containing many of his basic themes: the domestication of humans by capital, repressive consciousness, the superflousness of the proletariat, establishment of a human community and others. Several of us who have read it recommend it to those interested in what constitutes at least a portion of the theoretical underpinnings of the Fifth Estate.
Black Thumb 24 pp., $1.50
Ideas for Setting Your Mind in a Condition of: DIS*EASE
Articles on “The Perception of Militancy,” “Transition” by Gianni Collu, Camatte’s collaborator, “Against the Language of Self-defeat” and more. Graphically attractive, detournments.
Black Thumb Press 34 pp., $1.00
INDUSTRIALISM & DOMESTICATION by John & Paula Zerzan
A Fifth Estate reprint; it traces developments in the late 18th and early 19th centuries where the rise of capitalism was met by bitter and intense resistance. Its establishment was only effectuated by the imposition of the factory system as a method of social control. The result was a tamed working class and a degradation of labor which lives today at the core of the Marxist conception of socialism.
Black Eye Press 18 pp., $.85
ANARCHISM & MARXISM by Daniel Guerin
Anarchism and marxism, at the start, drank at the same proletarian spring...” “As the libertarian historian A.E. Kaminski wrote in his excellent book on Bakunin, a synthesis of anarchism and marxism is not only necessary, but inevitable. ‘History,’ he adds, ‘makes her compromises herself.
Cienfuegos Press 17 pp., $1.25
FASCISM/ANTI-FASCISM by Jean Barrot
“There is no revolution without the destruction of the state.” Using this as a guide, Barrot constructs a devastating critique of revolutionary movements which defend “democratic” forms of the State against right-wing variants.
Black Cat Press 37 pp., 75 cents
THE WORKING CLASS UPRISING IN EAST GERMANY, JUNE 1953: Class Struggle Against Bolshevism by Cajo Brendel
An exciting account written weeks after the massive workers’ assault on the E. German Stalinist state. Rather than just a few heroic workers throwing rocks at tanks, it was an uprising which shook the state to its core and involved hundreds of thousands who wanted neither Ulbrecht nor Adenaur.
Echanges et Mouvement, London 26 pp., $1
THE MURDER OF CHRIST by Wilhelm Reich
After years of authoring books such as THE MASS PSYCHOLOGY OF FASCISM and many others written in a scholarly and scientific style, Reich turns to allegory and a poetic-like presentation to condemn the “emotional plague of mankind”-which eventually took his life. Perhaps his most powerful work.
Touchstone 228 pp., $5.95
OUR ROOTS ARE STILL ALIVE: THE STORY OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, People’s Press Palestine Book Project
Solid data regarding the sordid history of Zionism and its effects on the Palestinians. Even left and labor Zionism are shown to be reactionary. A review appears in this issue.
The Guardian 180 pp., $5.95
NASKAPI INDEPENDENCE & THE CARIBOU by Alan Cooke
A look at how a technological invasion which took place a century ago decimated a Native American culture in northern Canada.
Centre for Northern Studies & Research 12 pp., 25 cents
THE ATOMIC STATE AND THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO LIVE IN IT: Campaign Against the Model West Germany, Number 7
Discusses the qualitatively new form of totalitarian technological state power which is emerging as modern police techniques and nuclearism converge.
44 pp., 50 cents
UNDER POLICE ATTACK! SUPPORT!
BULLDOZER NUMBER 5, WINTER 1983
The best looking edition yet of this publication, “the only vehicle for prison reform.” Contains articles and discussions from prisoners and prisoner support groups: “Bruising the Cruise,” “April is the Cruelest Time,” “Is There Life After Prison?” and more.
P.S.C. Publishers 48 pp., $1.00 (Free to prisoners from the FE or direct from P.S.C. Publishers, P.O. Box 5052, Station “A” . Toronto, Ontario M5W 1W4 Canada.)
The FE Newsletter & Foreign Papers
Each book order we receive is sent out accompanied with a copy of the Fifth Estate Newsletter, a xeroxed inter-issue publication, containing updates, just received information and recently received books. It also has reprints from other publications and leaflets which we have been sent.
We also try to include as much free material as we have on hand up to the postal weight division. If you would like any foreign language publication, please indicate the country of interest and if available, it will be sent with your order.