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Introduction to Situationistisk Revolution

J.V. Martin

Situationistisk Revolution #1 (October 1962)
reprinted in Internationale Situationniste #8 (January 1963)

Translated from the French by Reuben Keehan

A SPECTER IS HAUNTING THE WORLD — the Situationist International. All the powers of old culture have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter or else to speak in its name, so that their imposture may consign this trouble to the comforts of the past: Malraux and Bomholt, surrealism in Paris and social realism in Budapest, Swedish Nashists and Munich judges!

Two conclusions may be drawn from these facts.

1. The SI is already acknowledged as a power by all police and by all falsifiers of free thought.

2. It is high time that the situationists should openly, in all cultural zones where they currently appear, present their ideas, their aims, and their methods of creation, to confront this fairy tale of "situationism," created by the spirit of the past, head on with the radical novelty of the Situationist International itself.