Situationist International

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.

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".

A user's guide to détournement

“Mode d’emploi du détournement” originally appeared in the Belgian surrealist journal Les Lèvres Nues #8 (May 1956). This translation by Ken Knabb is from the Situationist International Anthology (Revised and Expanded Edition, 2006).

Enragés and Situationists in the Occupations Movement

May 68

This work was written collectively by the Situationist International in the immediate aftermath of May 1968. It comprises their own account of the Situationists' contribution to the Movement of Occupations that took place throughout France during the largest wildcat strike in history.

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.

Waiting for the barbarians - Jaime Semprun

In this essay written after the LA Riots of 1992, Jaime Semprun expresses a pessimistic view of the new "barbarians", the uncivilized youth who according to him have been economically marginalized by capitalism but also socially integrated by the spectacle of power and violence, and compares their social dislocation and nihilism with Hannah Arendt's characterization of the preconditions for the mass psychology of totalitarianism ("isolation and the absence of normal social relations").

Comments on the Society of the Spectacle - Guy Debord

Guy Debord

The thoughts of Guy Debord on the Society of the Spectacle written in 1988; two decades after his original celebrated work on the subject.

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.

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.