By Guy Debord
Of the 3 self reliant texts by way of man Debord integrated right here, have been first released as pamphlets, whereas the 3rd used to be 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 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 different types of the ‘spectacle’ and its repercussions. And regardless of the dates in their composition, all 3 stay startlingly correct today.
—Alice Debord, 2004
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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. The most advanced industrialized country merely shows us the path that will be followed everywhere unless the system is overthrown. Some extreme black nationalists, to show why they could never accept anything less than a sep arate state, have argued that American society, even if it someday concedes general civic and eco nomic equality, will never see its way clear to ac cepting interracial marriages.
American blacks have no native country: they are at once in their own country and alienated. So is the rest of the popula tion, but blacks differ insofar as they are aware of it. In this sense they are not the most backward 25 GUY DEBORD sector of their society but the most advanced. They are negation at work-'the bad side that produces the movement which makes history by setting up a struggle' (Marx, The Poverty of Philos ophy, 184 7). Africa has nothing to do with it. American blacks are as much a product of modern industry as electronics, advertising or the cyclotron.
They are negation at work-'the bad side that produces the movement which makes history by setting up a struggle' (Marx, The Poverty of Philos ophy, 184 7). Africa has nothing to do with it. American blacks are as much a product of modern industry as electronics, advertising or the cyclotron. They carry its contradictions within them. They are people that the spectacular para dise must integrate and repulse simultaneously, with the result that in their particular case the antagonism between the spectacle and the real activity of human beings is patent.
A Sick Planet by Guy Debord