Encyclopedie des Nuisances

On Jaime Semprun: an interview with Miguel Amorós

Miguel Amorós discusses the life and works of Jaime Semprun, with special emphasis on Semprun’s 1997 book, L'Abîme se repeuple (The Abyss Repopulates Itself).

Primer - Encyclopédie des Nuisances

An article first published in 1986 in the journal Encyclopédie des Nuisances addressing the decline of literacy, critical thought and books in the era of mass communications and the spectacle and the broader implications of this trend for liberation.

Preliminary discourse - Encyclopédie des Nuisances

The introductory essay of the first issue of the journal, Encyclopédie des Nuisances (The Encyclopedia of Nuisances, or Encyclopedia of Harmful Phenomena), published by the group of the same name in 1984.

Catastrophism, disaster management and sustainable submission - Rene Riesel and Jaime Semprun

In this book first published in 2008, Jaime Semprun and René Riesel examine the attempt by predominantly First World governments and NGOs to utilize the specter of an environmental apocalypse as an alibi to save “industrial civilization” by imposing a rationed form of “survival”, justified by a terroristic propaganda campaign based on fear, enforced by an expansion of the state’s coercive powers, and facilitated by the mass conformism and resignation that “industrial society” has induced in the population by creating an “anxiogenic environment” of “insecurity and generalized instability”; “[f]or the fears proclaimed by the experts … are in reality nothing but orders”.

Abracadabrante - Encyclopedie des Nuisances

The Encylcopédie des Nuisances analyzes the phenomenon of state- and corporate-approved environmentalism and provides some stark examples of the collaboration of consensus building environmentalists and government and industry paladins of ecological consciousness (“those who are rendering the earth uninhabitable”) in the “well-intentioned unanimity of the environmental state of emergency”.

When capitalism goes green - Miguel Amoros

A former member of the Encyclopedie des Nuisances discusses the current reformist environmentalism of capitalism, the fashionable support for "curtailing economic growth", and the growing role of the State and NGOs in enforcing a new framework for the continued survival of capitalist social relations, and concludes that "a libertarian society can only be created by way of a libertarian revolution".

From situationism to the abyss: a pamphlet against the harmful phenomena of the encyclopedia - Alpha Vingt

A libertarian Marxist/communist critique of the Encyclopedie des Nuisances, chronicling the group's evolution from situationist-inspired councilist activism during the 1970s, to its "abandonment of any kind of revolutionary perspective" during the early 1990s, until its final surrender to "passive contemplation of the catastrophe" and "apocalyptic defeatism" during the late 1990s. Includes critiques of Guy Debord's situationist theory and the Frankfurt School.

Address to those who would rather abolish harmful phenomena than manage them - Encyclopedie des Nuisances

An essay proclaiming the pivotal role of "harmful phenomena"--broadly defined to include everything from nuclear meltdowns to the construction of a superhighway--in the resurgence of a movement of "anti-economic and anti-statist emancipation", and warning against reformist "ecologism" as "the principle agent of censorship of the social critique latent in the struggle against harmful phenomena".

In the name of reason - Encyclopedie des Nuisances

The Encyclopedie des Nuisances pronounces its judgment against GMOs on the occasion of the 2001 trial of one of its members, Rene Riesel, for the sabotage of transgenic rice in France, and predicts that "a series of high-tech debacles will deprive us of the comforts of this artificial life and will brutally plunge us into a devastated world" unless a resistance movement against "necrotechnologies" arises and puts an end to the industrial sterilization of the world.

Afterword to "the history of ten years" - Miguel Amoros

A former collaborator of the Encyclopedie des Nuisances chronicles the group's political trajectory from its situationist origins in the 1970s (inspired by Thesis 17 of The Veritable Split in the International regarding "pollution and the proletariat") to its ultimate disillusionment with the proletariat as revolutionary subject during the "extremely alienating conditions" of the 1990s.