A Sick Planet by Guy Debord

By Guy Debord

Of the 3 self sustaining texts by means of man Debord incorporated 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 the group's dissolution.

Despite the seeming range 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 aspect of Ideology in China’ (1967); pollutants and its illustration in ‘A ill 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 suitable today.

—Alice Debord, 2004

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50 THE EXPLOSION POINT OF IDEOLOGY In order to understand just how a split at the top of the bureaucracy could travel downwards, rallying cry by rallying cry, creating remote­ controlled confrontations at every level of the party and state apparatus, and eventually among the masses, it should be borne in mind that rem­ nants still exist of the old Chinese administrative system based on quasi-autonomous provinces. The denunciation this January by the Beijing Maoists of 'independent fiefdoms' clearly refers to this reality, and the growing disturbances over the last few months confirms it.

Sporadic fighting continued throughout Wednesday in the north-western part of the city but the popular resistance has now suffered its first defeat. The civilians fought almost alone, for few of the members of the military who had joined Colonel Camano were to be found north of the corridor. 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....

It is now often said that American youth, after 30 years of silence, is rising again as a force of opposition, and that the black revolt is its Spanish Civil War. If so, its 'Lincoln Brigades' need to understand the full significance of the struggle in which they are engaged, sup­ porting it to the end in its universality. The 'excesses' of the blacks of Los Angeles are no more a political error than the armed resistance of the POUM in the Barcelona of May 1937 was a be­ trayal of the war against Franco.

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