By Guy Debord
Of the 3 autonomous texts through man Debord integrated the following, have been first released as pamphlets, whereas the 3rd was once written in 1971 for inclusion in a projected 13th factor of the Situationist International's magazine which by no means seemed as a result of the group's dissolution.
Despite the seeming variety of the topics discussed—the Watts riots in ‘The Decline and Fall of the “Spectacular” Commodity-Economy’ (1965); the disintegration of bureaucratic energy in ‘The Explosion element of Ideology in China’ (1967); toxins and its illustration in ‘A unwell Planet’ (1971)—all 3 texts take care of the various sorts of the ‘spectacle’ and its repercussions. And regardless of the dates in their composition, all 3 stay startlingly correct today.
—Alice Debord, 2004
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The rat-tat-tat of their guns left dozens of crumpled bodies in its wake. The crowd fled back to wards the houses, only to return after every strafing. Yet it seemed as though the entire population would have to be killed before the Duarte Bridge could be cleared of hu manity. , returned from Florida. That evening the assault ship USS Boxer reached Santo Domingo with fifteen hundred Marines on board. Marcel Niedergang, Le Monde, 21 May and 5 June 1965 31 GUY DEBORD expands, however, blacks present problems of life: what they demand is not to survive but to live.
After four days and four nights of violent and bloody combat, General lmbert's troops at last succeeded in advancing to within a short distance of Duarte Avenue and the Villa Consuelo market. At six in the morning of Wednesday, the Radio Santo Domingo headquar ters was besieged. This building, where the television studios are also located, is two hundred metres north of Francia Avenue and the corridor controlled by the 'Marines'. It had been bombarded the Thursday before by General Wessin y Wessin's Dominican Air Force fighters.
The bureaucracy is in essence a form of power founded on the possession of a national state, and it must ultimately bow to the logic of that reality in accordance with the particular interests imposed by the stage of development of the country that it controls. Its heroic period passed with the halcyon days of the ideology of 'socialism in one country', which Stalin took such good care to uphold as he proceeded to destroy revolutions in China ( 1927) 40 THE EXPLOSION POINT OF IDEOLOGY or Spain ( 193 7).