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By Guy Debord

Of the 3 autonomous texts by way of man Debord integrated the following, 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 a result of group's dissolution.

Despite the seeming variety of the topics discussed—the Watts riots in ‘The Decline and Fall of the “Spectacular” Commodity-Economy’ (1965); the disintegration of bureaucratic strength in ‘The Explosion aspect of Ideology in China’ (1967); pollutants and its illustration in ‘A ailing Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts take care of the numerous sorts 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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Strife at the top must be kept at the top­ a principle faithfully applied from the time of Lenin and Trotsky: although eminent individuals can be killed or replaced, high functions them­ selves must retain their impregnable majesty. Ar­ bitrary and unanswerable repression may then work its way down in the usual way through level after level of the apparatus, as the simple and au­ tomatic corollary of what has been decided at the summit. For instance, Beria must first be killed, then judged, after which his tendency can be 42 THE EXPLOSION POINT OF IDEOLOGY hounded-indeed, anyone at all may be hunted down, for authority invested with the power of life and death defines 'tendency' in whatever way it pleases, and in so doing reaffirms itself as author­ ity.

The most advanced industrialized country merely shows us the path that will be followed everywhere unless the system is overthrown. Some extreme black nationalists, to show why they could never accept anything less than a sep­ arate state, have argued that American society, even if it someday concedes general civic and eco­ nomic equality, will never see its way clear to ac­ cepting interracial marriages. It is therefore this American society which must disappear, not only in America but everywhere in the world.

A social occurrence of such magnitude can obviously not be explained, in the anecdotal fashion of bourgeois commentators, in terms of differences over foreign policy; it is glaringly obvious, for in­ stance, that the Chinese bureaucracy is quite happy to ignore the insult represented by the crushing of Vietnam at its very doorstep. Nor could mere personal rivalries concerning the handing over of the reins of power have thrown so much in the balance. When certain leaders are 43 GUY DEBORD denounced for having 'kept Mao Zedong away from power' since the end of the 1950s, every­ thing suggests one of those charges so often in­ vented after the fact during bureaucratic purges, like the claim that Trotsky contrived the civil war on orders from the Mikado, or that Zinoviev backed Lenin to please the British Empire and so on.

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