About This Issue

Welcome to our Winter 2020 edition. Although there is no specific theme this issue, the totality of our articles affirms a longstanding commitment to the philosophy of anarchism that is now an existential necessity given the political and environmental crises the world faces.

Can a body of ideas, considered impractical by many, and ignored by most, rise to the point where it is powerful enough to challenge centuries old modes of hierarchal rule and ecological destruction?

Tinkering within the system for minor changes only increases the possibility of catastrophe. We have work to do!

Thanks To All Who Made This Issue Possible

This includes dozens of active participants who produced this issue including writers, artists, and photographers, but also those who did editing, designing, and proofreading. When we include subscribers, distributors (info shops, free distro, and bookstores), and readers, the numbers reach into the thousands.

About The Cover

Staring in the face of authority during protests in Santiago, Sept. 11 marking 43 years since a U.S.-backed bloody military coup resulted in President Salvador Allende being overthrown, killed, and replaced with a military dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet. Protesters honored the regime’s thousands of victims of torture and execution during its 17 years in power.

Call For Submissions: Spring 2020 Fifth Estate

Theme: Justice

What is justice? What do we mean and what do we want this word to represent? Is justice only a concept within the state and hierarchical society? What might justice look like in a society beyond and without the state? Is there justice within personal relationships?

Your ideas for essays, analytical and anecdotal, news articles, fiction, and poetry are welcome. Submit manuscripts for short pieces and proposals for longer essays, along with art, graphics, and photographs to: fe@fifthestate.org or Fifth Estate, PO Box 201016, Ferndale, MI 48220

Deadline: February 15, 2020