By Guy Debord
Of the 3 autonomous texts via 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 end result of the group's dissolution.
Despite the seeming range of the themes 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); toxins and its illustration in ‘A ill Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts take care of the numerous 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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That one is supposed to applaud and passively consume into the ideological realm and, in extreme instances, into a single man'. Here the fusion of the spectator and the contem plated image would seem to have achieved perfection in policing. Because the Chinese bureaucracy some time later chose to go beyond even this degree of spectacular concentration, it ended up by exploding the machine. 47 GUY DEBORD for those who do not accept that the bureaucracy is a ruling class or who, alternatively, ignore that class' specificity and explain it in terms of the clas sical bourgeois system.
The rational world born of the industrial rev olution has rationally liberated individuals from their local and national limitations and linked them on a world scale; but its unreason separates them once more, according to a hidden logic reflected in crazy ideas and grotesque values. Having become estranged from its world, human ity is completely surrounded by what is alien to it. The barbarians are no longer at the ends of the earth: they are right here-barbarized, in fact, by this very same forced participation in hierarchical consumption.
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