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By Guy Debord

Of the 3 self sufficient texts by means of man Debord integrated right here, have been first released as pamphlets, whereas the 3rd was once written in 1971 for inclusion in a projected 13th factor of the Situationist International's magazine which by no means seemed a result of group's dissolution.

Despite the seeming variety of the themes discussed—the Watts riots in ‘The Decline and Fall of the “Spectacular” Commodity-Economy’ (1965); the disintegration of bureaucratic strength in ‘The Explosion aspect of Ideology in China’ (1967); toxins and its illustration in ‘A ailing Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts care for the various sorts of the ‘spectacle’ and its repercussions. And regardless of the dates in their composition, all 3 stay startlingly proper today.

—Alice Debord, 2004

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It is now often said that American youth, after 30 years of silence, is rising again as a force of opposition, and that the black revolt is its Spanish Civil War. If so, its 'Lincoln Brigades' need to understand the full significance of the struggle in which they are engaged, sup­ porting it to the end in its universality. The 'excesses' of the blacks of Los Angeles are no more a political error than the armed resistance of the POUM in the Barcelona of May 1937 was a be­ trayal of the war against Franco.

Returned from Florida. That evening the assault ship USS Boxer reached Santo Domingo with fifteen hundred Marines on board. Marcel Niedergang, Le Monde, 21 May and 5 June 1965 31 GUY DEBORD expands, however, blacks present problems of life: what they demand is not to survive but to live. They have nothing of their own to insure; they might as well destroy all forms of private security and insurance known hitherto. They appear as what they really are: the irreconcilable enemies­ not of the vast majority of Americans, but of the alienated way of life of modern society at large.

It is likely that the phenomenon of regional bureaucratic autonomy, which manifested itself only weakly and sporadi­ cally during the counterrevolution in Russia, no­ tably in connection with the Party organization in Leningrad, was able to establish many solid bases in bureaucratic China, thus facilitating the coexis­ tence within the central government of clans and interest groups that were, in effect, the direct bureaucratic owners of entire regions and struck 51 GUY DEBORD bargains with one another on that basis.

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