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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 as 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 element of Ideology in China’ (1967); pollutants and its illustration in ‘A ailing Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts care for the various varieties of the ‘spectacle’ and its repercussions. And regardless of the dates in their composition, all 3 stay startlingly suitable today.

—Alice Debord, 2004

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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....

But it is of the essence of the spectacle that it cannot be made real either immediately or equally-and this not even for whites. (In fact, the function of blacks in the spec­ tacle is to serve as the perfect prod: in the race for 23 GUY DEBORD wealth, such underprivilege is an incitement to ambition). In taking the capitalist spectacle at its face value, blacks are already rejecting the specta­ cle itself. The spectacle is a drug for slaves. It is not supposed to be taken literally, but followed at just a few paces; if it were not for this tiny distance, it would become total mystification.

By wanting to participate really and immediately in affiuence­ and this is an official value of every American­ they demand the egalitarian realization of the American spectacle of everyday life: they demand that the half-heavenly, half-earthly values of this spectacle be put to the test. But it is of the essence of the spectacle that it cannot be made real either immediately or equally-and this not even for whites. (In fact, the function of blacks in the spec­ tacle is to serve as the perfect prod: in the race for 23 GUY DEBORD wealth, such underprivilege is an incitement to ambition).

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