By Guy Debord
Of the 3 self sufficient texts via man Debord integrated right here, 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 end result of the 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 ill Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts take care of the numerous different types 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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From the top. The pinnacle of the bureaucracy must remain stable, because the entire legitimacy of the system resides therein. 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.
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. It is likely that the phenomenon of regional bureaucratic autonomy, which manifested itself only weakly and sporadi cally during the counterrevolution in Russia, no tably in connection with the Party organization in Leningrad, was able to establish many solid bases in bureaucratic China, thus facilitating the coexis tence within the central government of clans and interest groups that were, in effect, the direct bureaucratic owners of entire regions and struck 51 GUY DEBORD bargains with one another on that basis.
It is this hierarchizing process which creates racisms everywhere: the English Labour govern ment has just restricted coloured immigration, while the industrially advanced countries of Eu rope are once again becoming racist as they im port their sub-proletariat from the Mediterranean area in order to exploit the colonized within the borders of the colonial power. Similarly, Russia remains anti-Semitic because it is still a hierarchical society where labour must be sold as a commodity. In tandem with commodities, hierarchy is forever reconstituting itself in new forms, forever prolifer ating.
A Sick Planet by Guy Debord