The World of Which We Speak
Internationale Situationniste #9 (August 1964)
Translated by Thomas Y. Levin
THE NEW THEORY that we are constructing, despite the unusual or mad appearance it takes on in the eyes of contemporary conformism, is nothing other than the theory of a new historical moment that is already the present reality, a reality that can only be transformed through the progressive articulation of a precise critique. "Will theoretical needs be directly practical needs? It does not suffice for thought to reach its realization: reality must also seek thought" (Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right [Marx]). One need only begin to decipher the news such as it appears at any given moment in the popular press in order to obtain a quotidian X-ray of Situationist reality. The means of this deciphering lie essentially in the relationship to be established between the facts and the coherence of various themes that thoroughly illuminate them. The meaning of this deciphering can be verified a contrario by emphasizing the incoherence of various thinkers that are currently taken all the more seriously the more miserably they contradict themselves from one detail to another within the generalized fraud.