Fifth Estate, #393, Spring 2015, Vol. 50, No. 1

2 Letters

4 Anarchy in Kurdistan

Bill Weinberg

7 Eric McDavid Freed!

FE Staff

8 Armed Madhouse

Bryan Tucker

9 Justice for Franco Fascists?

David Porter

11 Sam Mbah Dies

Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

12 Florida’s Burnpile Press

Matt Keene

13 An Anarchist in Berlin

Rachael Stoeve

15 Society of the Spectacle

John Clark

18 Debt

Alex Knight

20 FE History: God Gets Pied

FE Staff

21 Protester Cell Phone Guide

Electronic Freedom Foundation

23 Autarky in Scotland


Anti-Marx Section 24–40


Peter Werbe

The Myth of the Party

Murray Bookchin

Throwing Marx Out

Kevin O’Toole


Joseph Winogrond

The Practical Marx

John Zerzan

Marx Forgot Women

David Adams

36 Under the wall — Poetry

Lily So-Too

37 The Fall of Ekset City — Fiction

Margaret Killjoy

40 The Clash & Fifth Estate

Bill Blank

41 Live TV or Die

Andrew Smith

43 Riots & Black Block


45 The FE in Shorts

FE Staff

The Fifth Estate is an anti-profit, anarchist project published by a volunteer collective of friends and comrades.

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This issue begins our 50th year of publishing a radical journal with a demolition of the theories of Marx. Plans are currently under discussion for a celebration in Detroit later in the year. We’ll keep you informed in subsequent issues and on our social media as a program develops and a date is set.

We should all be proud to have kept this magazine going with its unique voice of revolution when so many others have unfortunately fallen by the wayside. And, the “we” here includes not just the people who have produced it over the past half century, but those of you who are readers and supporters as well.

The future for this publication seems as bright as it has in a long time as movements of resistance and contestation continue to grow. And, our circulation expands even though print media is routinely pronounced as a curio from another era.

From its origins in 1965, the staff has always practiced engaged journalism, and will continue to be part of a grand refusal of submission, and at the same time hold up a vision of a different world not dominated by the state and capital.

Thanks to all who have made this anniversary possible.

COVER: Mabel Norman, in “A Noise from the Deep,” 1913

Cover design: Quincy B. Thorn