Michigan is home to one of the longest running English language anarchist publications, Fifth Estate. The magazine is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, making it one of the few projects to maintain some degree of continuity across all that has changed in the anarchist space since the 1970s. Fifth Estate started as an underground newspaper in the 1960s and out of around 500 newspapers that existed in that period, Fifth Estate is the only one still publishing.
Peter Werbe, a long time contributor to and editor of Fifth Estate, was recently interviewed on The Final Straw Radio. In the interview, Werbe talks about the history of the project, the people that got involved with it over the years, the challenges of being a print-based publication in the contemporary era, longevity, and the prospects for anarchy. It is an interesting conversation and useful for its discussion of the history of Fifth Estate. It was especially delightful to hear about the connections made in the 1970s between the magazine and an older generation of anarchists who encountered the magazine and shared their experiences in Spain and Italy.