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Translator’s afterword to ‘On the role of the SI’

Translator’s afterword to ‘On the role of the SI’ A translation of ‘On the role of the SI’ is available here. If there is an article in which the Hamburg Theses of 1961 appear clearest, the conclusions of the Theses … Continue reading

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On the role of the SI—Internationale Situationniste number 7

On the role of the SI (from Internationale Situationniste no. 7, April 1962) We are totally popular. We only consider problems that are already latent in the population. Situationist theory is in people like fish are in water. To those … Continue reading

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Once more on the Hamburg Theses

[You can read my translation of Debord’s The Hamburg Theses of September 1961 here] Once more on the Hamburg Theses The plans announced in my last post with an eye to the 60th anniversary of the first publication of Internationale … Continue reading

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Internationale Situationniste number 7, April 1962

It is sixty years since Internationale Situationniste number 7 was published, dated April 1962. Partly in commemoration I plan on posting new translations of several articles from the seventh issue over the next month. Our world is arguably less distant … Continue reading

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Spectacle of what?

This is an article I wrote a few months ago. It will soon be appearing in a Spanish translation in the journal 2&3DORM. The complete text of the article in the original English can be found in pdf format here. … Continue reading

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The independence of the commodity (2)

Page 37 of internationale situationniste no. 10 has exerted a strange fascination for me since I first saw it. The striking way it combines the reproduction of a contemporary ad, appended with Situationist critical commentary, completes this détournement. Unfortunately, the novel … Continue reading

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A Palinode for the Bureau

A little over two years ago I applauded Eric-John Russell’s review of Ken Knabb’s revised translation of The Society of the Spectacle, saying: Knabb’s attempt to make Debord’s work more accessible seems to have ossified it – perhaps inadvertently. On further reflection, … Continue reading

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Smashing the fash with ideas

Mick Armstrong demonstrates, despite himself, that ideas and rational argument are central to the creation of a mass movement against creeping fascism and capitalism. However his argument tends to err on the side of a false dilemma: either rational argument or … Continue reading

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The New Adventures of the Dialectic – STARTING TODAY!

king communism – poster 11 “THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE DIALECTIC” “Next week: The World Turned Upside Down” — Coming soon, the postcard… — In the same month that issue 8 of internationale situationniste was published the Situationist International issued a postcard … Continue reading

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Three Situationists walk into a bar…

A new article by me on the Situationist International and the Hamburg Theses published in the online journal Axon number 8. Available here: THREE SITUATIONISTS WALK INTO A BAR Or, the peculiar case of the Hamburg Theses Unfortunately ‘marxism’ is … Continue reading

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