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 $.69 U.S. or $.96 foreign (minimum charge for 4th class book rate postage);

3) total;

4) write check or money order to: The Fifth Estate;

5) mail to The Fifth Estate, P.O. Box 02548, Detroit MI 48202 USA.

THE ABOLITION OF WORK by Bob Black

Not a bad idea on the face of it and Black exposes wage work as being at the core of oppression in the modern world. Those who celebrate labor as glorious, are special targets for Black’s venemous pen. What’s his solution to wage slavery—“relax.”

Out-of-Kontrol Data Korp. 16 pp. $1.25

THE SAMI PEOPLE & HUMAN RIGHTS by Charta 79

Although popularly known as “Lapps,” the Sami people of Northern Europe are an oppressed minority of indigenous people who live in upper regions of Scandinavia. The Semis are in a fight to save their language and culture and to stop the exploitation of their lands by hydroelectric projects. The Samis often come in traditional dress to the modern capitals of Norway and Sweden to confront the policy makers with their protests.

Charta 79 72 pp. $1.50

BOOKS AVAILABLE BY FREDY PERLMAN

The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism (1985) A Fifth Estate reprint $1.25

Against His-story, Against Leviathan (1983) $3

Letters of Insurgents (1976) $5

Written under S. Nachalo and Y. Vocheck

Incoherence of the Intellectual (1970) $2.25

Reproduction of Daily Life (1969) $.50

Revolt in Socialist Yugoslavia (1969) $.75

Worker-Student Action Committees: France, May ’68 w/R. Gregoire $1.50

We Called A Strike & No One Came $.75

As part of Kalamazoo Black & Red

Introductory Essay in I.I. Rubin’s Essays on Marx’s Theory of Value (1966) $3.75

Manual for Revolutionary Leaders (1972) Compiled by F. & L. Perlman $3.75

A complete listing of Black & Red publications is available from: B & R, POB 02374, Detroit MI 48202 USA. B & R will send individual copies of titles free of charge to all people who cannot afford to pay for them. [http://www.blackandred.org/index.html]

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. $1.50

THE UNKNOWN REVOLUTION by B. Voline

A massive history of the Russian Revolution, long unavailable in English, and unflawed by Leninist or Bourgeois distortions and lies. Written by a participant, it gives a sweeping view of events including the role of the anarchist movement. Foreword by Rudolph Rocker.

Black & Red, 717 pp. $6.00

1984 by George Orwell

Signet Classic reduced: orig. $1.95; now $.75

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. “The situationist destruction of present conditioning is already at the same time the construction of situations. It is the liberation of the inexhaustible energies trapped in a petrified daily life. With the advent of unitary urbanism, present city planning (that geology of lies) will be replaced by a technique for defending the permanently threatened conditions of freedom, and individuals—who do not yet exist as such—will begin freely constructing their own history.”—S.I., 1961

Bureau of Public Secrets, 406 pp. $10.00

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. 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

THE WORKING CLASS UPRISING IN EAST GERMANY: JUNE 1953

“Class struggle against Bolshevism” is the subtitle of the account of this little recorded moment of worker opposition to the state. Written by Cajo Brendel, it records a movement as extensive and perhaps more combative than the Polish Solidarity movement and one that intended no compromise with the Eastern sector of capital.

Published by Echanges et Mouvement-London, 8.5 x 14, 26 pp. $1.50

ON TERRORISM & THE STATE: The Theory & Practice of Terrorism divulged for the first time. By Gianfranco Sanquinetti

An anti-terrorist text from a post-Situationist perspective. Concerns mostly Italy with attention to the Red Brigades and the assasination of Aldo Moro.

BM Chronos 101 pp. $6.50

TELOS: Journal of Critical Thought

Articles on “Revolution & Legitimacy” “Narcissism and Status, plus reviews of new books on anarchism. Other reviews and articles.

Telos Press 206 pp. $5.50

ON ORGANIZATION by Jacques Camatte

Rather than feeling relieved that anarchists have been blessed with the absence of any national organization or federation recently, one can almost feel the clamoring for bureaucracy in some quarters. Although anti-authoritarian by self-description, these org types dream of meetings, conventions, agendas, internal discussion bulletins and the rest of the rot which is no different when practiced by anarchists than by power seeking leninists. It might be worth a reread of Camatte for the most apt description of the “gang” mentality fostered by political organizations before yet another horror show is repeated.

No pub. listed, 40 pp. $.50

ZIONISM IN THE AGE OF THE DICTATORS by Lenni Brenner

Brenner searches through the Zionist record and finds evidence that it sought the patronage of avowed anti-Semites and, ultimately, the collaboration of the fascists and Nazis. Brenner shows how from the beginning Zionism’s leaders were prepared to go to almost any length to achieve the goal of a separate Jewish homeland.

Lawrence Hill & Co. 277 pp. (hb) $8.95

THE WHITE ROSE by B. Traven

By the author of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Death Ship, Traven chronicles the clash between Mexican rural life and American industrialism to illustrate what we have traded for the modern world. It describes the discovery and exploitation of Mexico’s oil resources by the rapacious giants of the U.S. oil industry and the destruction of an Indian hacienda which stood in their way. Made into a movie in the ‘70s in Mexico, its distribution was blocked for years because of pressure from the oil interests. Lawrence Hill & Co. 209 pp. (hb) $6.95 (reduced)

DIARY OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION by Carlos Franqui

A devastating demystification of the Cuban Revolution and its betrayal written by a participant. “Economic dependence, misery, hunger, monoculture, militarism, personality cults, heroics, the one-party system, bureaucracy, the monopoly of the economy, force, and ideology—if we could only get rid of them all! Now that would be a real revolution.”

Viking 546 pp. orig. $16.95 now $7.95

AGAINST DOMESTICATION by J. Camatte

Falling Sky Books, 24 pp. $1.00

RESISTANCE TO THE PLAN HAS BEEN HEAVY by Raken T. Leaves

When I picked up this little hand-painted photocopied book of collages, I had the feeling I often have when I see the work of our friend Raken, that in a direct, playful, and untheoretical way, she expresses our own critique and hatred for the modern megamachine. Using automatic techniques to cull technological language combined with unsettling collages of machinery, this book indicts technological civilization by way of black humor and convulsive energy. What Schwitters and the rest might be doing today.

16 pages, handpainted photocopy, $5.00

NEUTRON GUN assembled by Gerry Reith

“There will be people who say that mere ‘ideas’ cannot be dangerous... well, they just never had any ideas like these. Neutron Gun doesn’t just open Pandora’s box, but literally tears it apart. More than just a book, this is a concussion device...”—Denis McBee The late Gerry Reith and friends with explosive fiction, inventive graphics and weird fliers.

Neither/Nor Press, 72 pp. $2.95


Fifth Estate #322, Winter-Spring, 1986