Written by Raoul Vaneigem for the Belgian academic journal Synthèses in the nineteen-fifties, long before he joined the Situationist International, this text outlines his idea that the work of Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont, expresses the anarchist thought of the late nineteenth century.
Lautreamont entered literary history by way of his Songs of Maldoror, and, considering his having had a mastery as great as that of Isidore Ducasse, the author of the Poems, he was almost indebted to include him in it. Of all the critical judgments, how many, by the embarrassment or flippancy with which they discuss the Preface to a future book, have in effect exonerated themselve
Written under the pseudonym "Ratgeb" in 1974, this text by Raoul Vaneigem was his first extensive publication after his resignation from the Situationist International. It addresses workers directly, covering the issues of the wildcat strike and the realisation of a self-managed society.
Contributions à la lutte des ouvriers révolutionnaires, destinées à être discutées, corrigées et principalement mises en pratique sans trop tarder
Nous voulons voir la vérité sous forme de résultat pratique.
The complete Basic Banalities first published in L'Internationale Situationniste in the early nineteen sixties. The text was Raoul Vaneigem's first extensive written contribution to the Situationist International and its conclusions laid the basis for his most celebrated work The Revolution of Everyday Life.
The author of The Revolution of Everyday Life tackles the issue of education under bourgeois society and how it must be overcome.
A Warning to Students of All Ages
By Raoul Vaneigem
[Note: this pamphlet was originally published in French in 1995. It was translated by JML with NOT BORED! in August 2000.]
Chapter 1: A warning to students of all ages.
The Situationists reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of a great revolutionary moment; "the biggest festival of the nineteenth century".
"...it is time we examine the Commune not just as an outmoded example of revolutionary primitivism, all of whose mistakes can easily be overcome, but as a positive experiment whose whole truth has yet to be rediscovered and fulfilled."