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By Guy Debord

Of the 3 self sustaining texts through man Debord incorporated 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 due to the group's dissolution.

Despite the seeming variety of the topics discussed—the Watts riots in ‘The Decline and Fall of the “Spectacular” Commodity-Economy’ (1965); the disintegration of bureaucratic energy in ‘The Explosion element of Ideology in China’ (1967); pollutants and its illustration in ‘A ailing Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts take care of 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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Despite all sorts of attempts to patch things up, it is now evident that what was already not socialist is now no longer even a bloc. The decay of the Stalinist monolith is now clearly signalled by the coexistence of 20 or so in­ dependent 'lines' ranging from Romania to Cuba and from Italy to the common programme of the 37 GUY DEBORD Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese parties. Russia, which proved incapable this year of convening a conference of all European Communist parties, would prefer to forget the time when Moscow reigned over the Comintem.

The militias in the sector are largely led byworkers belonging to the Dominican Popular Movement, a left-wing organization. Their sac­ rifice has won five days, which may turn out to be of great value to the 24 April uprising.... Costumes likewise. There were civilians in round low helmets and soldiers in forage caps .... Sixteen-year-old boys clutched their rifles desperately to their chests like gifts they had been waiting for since the begin­ ning of the world. Radio Santo Domingo made incessant appeals to the people, urging a massive movement to this location or that in the city where it is feared Wessin is about to attack....

Thus Izvestia, in Sep­ tember 1966, could blame the Chinese leaders for discrediting 'Marxist-Leninist' ideas in an 'unprece­ dented' way, and piously deplore a confrontational style which 'substitutes insults for the exchange of opinions and revolutionary experiences. Those who take this path confer absolute value on their own ex­ perience and display a dogmatic and sectarian ap­ proach to the interpretation of Marxist-Leninist theory. ' The Russian-Chinese debate, in which each of the two powers is led to impute every kind of anti-proletarian crime to its adver­ sary (save that no mention may ever be made of one real crime, namely the class power of the 38 THE EXPLOSION POINT OF IDEOLOGY bureaucracy) is thus bound to end for both parties with the disabused realization that what was never anything but an inexplicable revolutionary mirage · must be identical, in the absence of any other re­ ality, to the status quo ante.

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