New PDF release: A Sick Planet
By Guy Debord
Of the 3 self sustaining texts by means of man Debord incorporated the following, 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 as a result 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 aspect of Ideology in China’ (1967); pollutants and its illustration in ‘A in poor health Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts take care of the numerous kinds of the ‘spectacle’ and its repercussions. And regardless of the dates in their composition, all 3 stay startlingly appropriate today.
—Alice Debord, 2004
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The level reached by the technology of the most privileged becomes an insult-and one more easily denounced than the most basic insult, which is reification. The Los Angeles rebellion is the first in history to justify itself on the grounds that there was no air conditioning during a heatwave. 21 Integration-into what? 22 THE ' SPECTACULAR ' COMMODITY-ECONOMY American blacks have their own spectacle, complete with its press, magazines and coloured film stars and, if blacks realize this, if they spew out this spectacle as phoney, as an expression of their humiliation, it is because they see it to be a minority phenomenon-nothing but an appendage of the spectacle in general.
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.... 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.
Since they perceive that this parade of their consumption-to-be desired is merely a colony of the wider system, they see through the lie of the overall economic cultural spectacle more quickly. 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.
A Sick Planet by Guy Debord