Fifth Estate Collective

FE Bookstore

The FE Bookservice may be reached at the same address as the Fifth Estate Newspaper, P.O. Box 02548, Detroit MI 48202 USA;

telephone (313) 831–6800.

Visitors are welcome, but our hours vary so please call before dropping in.

HOW TO ORDER BY MAIL:

1) List the title of the book, quantity wanted, and the price of each;

2) add 10% for mailing costs—not less than $.63 U.S. or $.83 foreign (minimum charge for 4th class book rate postage);

3) total;

4) write check or money order to: The Fifth Estate. P.O. Box 02548, Detroit MI 48202.

POLAND 1980–82: Class Struggle & The Crisis of Capital by Henri Simon

A critical analysis of Poland’s Solidarity as an apparatus which tried to make itself a union in the Eastern sector of capital. Simon sees Solidarity as a failed attempt of Eastern capital to reform itself which came into conflict with its rank and file when the latter began to move beyond organizational discipline and wage labor. In order to function as a union, Solidarity had to recognize the duality of capital and labor, but its inability to enforce this on a rebellious working class rendered it ineffective and the state moved into crush what the fledgling organization could not control.

Black & Red 144 pp. $2.50

WRITINGS OF THE VANCOUVER FIVE

Essays by the imprisoned members of Direct Action, including: “Living in Reality” by Doug Stewart, “Feminist Resistance vs. Reform” by Ann Hansen, “The Work Ethic and the Western Dream” and “Patriarchal Conquest & Industrial Civilization.” Also, poetry and drawings by the 5.

Van. 5 Defense Comm. 40 pp. $1

(All proceeds go to the Defense Committee) Also, don’t forget to write the Five and send them your publications: Ann Hansen & Julie Belmas, Box 515, Kingston, Ont. K7L 4P7, Canada (address separately), Brent Taylor, Box 280, Bath, Ont. K0H 1G0, Canada, Doug Stewart, Box 1210, St. Anne des Plaines PQ J0N 1H0 Canada, and Gerry Hannah, Box 4000, Abbotsford BC Canada.

BACK IN STOCK

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.

Rutgers Press 329 pp. $10.95

ON THE POVERTY OF BERKELEY LIFE and the Marginal Stratum of American Society in General by Chris Shutes

The examination of Berkeley, Calif. as the Prototype of life on the margins of capitalist society. An exposure of self-delusion about work, “hip” business, and consumption. Cruel, but fair. Ends with a fairly hopeful chapter on events in South Africa.

Self-published 52 pp. $2.50

BOOKS FROM BLACK & RED

AGAINST HIS-STORY, AGAINST LEVIATHAN by Fredy Perlman

In a poetic style which leaves the terrain of history as it excoriates it„Against History traces the origins of the state and the destruction of myth-centered, communitarian free societies by authoritarian machines and economic social relations. Also chronicled are the varied forms of resistance to Leviathan and flight from it.

Black & Red 302 pp. $3.00

MANUAL FOR REVOLUTIONARY LEADERS by Michael Velli

Advice to would-be leaders of the proletariat from the mouths of experts on how to have the workers put your gang in power. Somehow, though, it all falls apart.

Black & Red 288 pp. $2.50

THE REPRODUCTION OF DAILY LIFE by Fredy Perlman

Discusses the mechanism by which human beings continue to reproduce the conditions of our own immiseration. “Men who were much but had little now have much but are little.”

Black & Red 24 pp. $.50

SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE by Guy Debord

Newly reprinted by Black & Red, this major situationist work traces the process in modern societies whereby all that was once lived directly has now moved into a representation.

Black & Red 221 Theses $2.00

THE WANDERING OF HUMANITY by Jacques Camatte

“Revolution does not emerge from one or another part of our being...Our revolution as a project to re-establish community was necessary from the moment when ancient communities were destroyed...”

Black & Red 64 pp. $1.00

THE IRRATIONAL IN POLITICS by Maurice Brinton

Subtitled “Authoritarian Conditioning & Sexual Repression,” this pamphlet is a good summary of theories of Wilhelm Reich and examines the mechanisms within society which make people characterologically incapable of revolt.

Black & Red 95 pp. $1

For quantity orders and a complete list of current Black & Red titles, write: Box 02374, Detroit MI 48202 USA.

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.”—from the text.

Left Bank Books 16 pp. $.50

Other Books

BLACK FLAG QUARTERLY: Journal of Anarchist Ideas, News & Comments Autumn 1984

The always lively and contentious English quarterly reports that “Direct Action Intensifies,” an article on the gov’t’s preparation for civil war, news on libertarian political prisoners, Mexican Indians, a defense of anarchism and the ever popular “Anarcho-quiz.”

Black Flag/Black Cross 40 pp. $1.50

SEMIOTEXT(E): THE GERMAN ISSUE Sylvere Lotringer (editor)

This is an exciting collection of readings from and on the contemporary social movements in Germany. Includes articles such as: “Germany, 1932 and Thereafter,” “The Walls of History,” “The Word Berlin,” “On Rudi Dutschke’s Death,” “Terrorism With a Fun Face,” “The Forest Continues to Beckon Us,” “Savage Ethnology,” “Mythology in Revolution,” and much more.

Semiotexte 335 pp. $5.95

TELOS: A Quarterly Journal of Radical Thought, Summer 1984

Features a Review-Symposium on Soviet-Type societies; articles on “The Crisis of the Left,” Adorno on “The Idea of Natural History; Commentary on “The Reagan ‘Revolution’” and Zerzan on “Taylorism and Unionism.”

Telos Press 240 pp. $6.00

SOCIAL ANARCHISM No. 7

Published in Baltimore, SA contains reviews, theory, poetry, fiction and more. Bob Black on Vaneigem, Abe Bluestein on Emma Goldman, Howard Erlich on Dario Fo.

Atlantic Center for Research & Education $2.50

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. $6.95

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

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. 25 cents

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

SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY Edited and translated by Ken Knabb

Contains over eighty texts—leaflets, articles, internal documents, film scripts, etc. With notes, bibliography and index.

Bureau of Public Secrets 406 pp. $10.00

TRAPPED IN SPAIN by Carlota O’Neill

An account of the Spanish novelist’s experience during the Spanish Revolution. The horror of the fascist victory, prison and finally flight are chronicled in a human manner often lost in historical narratives.

Solidarity Books 165 pp. $2.50

HUMAN SCALE by Kirkpatrick Sale

Its title contains the realization that everything has gone in the opposite direction—massification. Sale shows that scale effects every aspect of human existence from architecture to war and that a human society must feature decentralization or suffer the outrages of modern society.

Perigree Books 554 pp. $8.95.


Fifth Estate #319, Winter, 1985