An Open Letter to the SPGB

An Open Letter to the SPGB
An Open Letter to the SPGB
Submitted by jondwhite on January 5, 2018

FOR THE AUTOMATED ECONOMY OF ABUNDANCE
"Since the emergence of commodity-production, nothing in the world escapes the implacable development of this neo-fatality, the invisible ecohomic rationality: the logic of the commodity. Totalitarian and imperialist in essence,demands the entire planet as its turf, and the whole of mankind as its servants. Wherever the commodity is, there are only slaves."
(Internationale Situationniste, no 11, October 1967 )
Like you, we dont like being on the defensive, and we reject all solutions to our problems based on defensive strategies as futile. You call it Running Fast To Stand Still.
We likewise condemn reformist practices which change the shape of the system but not its oppressiveness, and incidentally create strata of reform parasites and defence-brokers, like lawyers, social welfarers shrinks, specialists of all persuasions, the new mind cops practising repressive tolerance.
We are desperate enough to demand revolution, immediate and now, beginning and ending in social relationships, and using our armed love to bring out desires to fruition.

Comments

Spikymike

2 years 3 months ago

In reply to by libcom.org

Submitted by Spikymike on November 11, 2021

The people/groups who published this get a brief mention by George Robertson in his contribution to this book here:
https://libcom.org/library/what-situationism-reader
Also cross references to other texts on libcom about Michel Prigent.
For those of us that like to tie up some of the past links between elements of the 'ultra-left' tendencies in the UK in earlier years.

Fozzie

2 years 3 months ago

In reply to by libcom.org

Submitted by Fozzie on November 11, 2021

It made me smile on a grey day - did the SPGB reply?

Spikymike

2 years 3 months ago

In reply to by libcom.org

Submitted by Spikymike on November 12, 2021

As I recall the 'Open Letter' was distributed with some energy and flourish at an SPGB Delegate meeting in Conway Hall, causing a minor upset to the startled delegates if some amusement to others present. Don't think it resulted in any official response but may have indirectly persuaded other dissident members to pursue their critique of the spgb in a more persistent and orderly manner to a slightly better effect.

Steven.

6 months ago

Submitted by Steven. on August 27, 2023

Indeed, saw that day in the news, pretty funny. Although it does explain that 1.3 million of that is the value of its office, and it just got 400k left to it by a member who died