Raoul Vaneigem

In the cauldron of the negative - Jean-Marc Mandosio

A critique of the Situationist International, emphasizing the divergent trajectories of Guy Debord and Raoul Vaneigem, focusing on the role of the concept of alchemy in the SI’s theory of the revolution, with discussions of, among other topics, revolution as “transmutation”, the alchemical proto-dialectic and its relation to the Hegelian-Marxist dialectic of “supersession”, Vaneigem’s alleged debt to Schopenhauer (the “will to live”), André Breton and the “alchemy of the word”, the meaning and origin of the metaphor of the quest for the “evil Grail”, the enigmatic Hamburg Theses, and the “contradictions” of the SI’s favorable attitude towards automation and technology.

Observations on The Communist Manifesto - Raoul Vaneigem

The Communist Manifesto

Some thoughts by Raoul Vaneigem published in 1994 as a postface to The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.


The Communist Manifesto is an instructive example of the way in which a project of human realisation gives birth to an even more inhuman social system than the one that it claimed to destroy and sought to replace.


In Conversation with Raoul Vaneigem - Hans Ulrich Obrist

The Tree of Guernica directed by Fernando Arrabal

Interview with Raoul Vaneigem on the future of anarchism post 2009.

Hans Ulrich Obrist: I just visited Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau, who have written an appeal to Barack Obama. What would your appeal and/or advice be to Obama?

Notes on the SI's direction - Raoul Vaneigem

Raoul Vaneigem

Written by Raoul Vaneigem in March 1970 this text critiqued the movement of the SI towards pure councilism and sought to reaffirm the group's connection with the working class by applying the tactics of the Strasbourg scandal to the workplace.


What's Free is the Absolute Weapon - An Interview with Raoul Vaneigem

Raoul Vaneigem

An interview with Raoul Vaneigem, author of the Revolution of Everyday Life, in the Winter of 2011 by Siné Mensuel.

An interview with the former situationist by one of his old buddies

A cavalier history of surrealism - Raoul Vaneigem

The Key to Dreams - Magritte

This book, written by Raoul Vaneigem in 1970, offers a Situationist perspective on the history of the Surrealist movement and its relationship to revolutionary politics.

Author's Note

Isidore Ducasse and Le Comte de Lautréamont in the Poésies - Raoul Vaneigem

Isidore Ducasse Comte de Lautréamont

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.[1] 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

'Terrorism or Revolution' An Introduction to Ernest Coeurderoy - Raoul Vaneigem

Ernest Coeurderoy

In this introduction to the work of Ernest Coeurderoy written in 1972, Raoul Vaneigem offers his first published look back at the events of May '68 and what he considered to be the new grounds of the contemporary revolutionary struggle.


De la grève sauvage à l'autogestion généralisée - Raoul Vaneigem

Raoul Vaneigem

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.

Basic Banalities (Parts I & II) - Raoul Vaneigem

Raoul Vaneigem

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.