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.
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.
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.