from Guy Debord

To Robert Chasse, Tony Verlaan, Bruce Elwell[1]
21 December 1967
Dear Comrades:

We now find out that there has actually been incoherence in the SI.

Naturally, we will correct this incoherence, as is our custom. Attached are letters stating our breaks with [Ben] Morea, Murray [Bookchin] and the "English situationists."[2]

The English have indeed acted like a particular group on a question that concerns us all. We agreed to communicate to Morea, not all of the reasons that we had for opposing ourselves to him, but the most caricatural reason why Raoul [Vaneigem] decided to not even speak to him [during his trip to New York]. Morea, that cunt, responded with insults and Comrades [Christopher] Gray and [Donald] Nicholson-Smith nevertheless wrote back to him (stupidly to say that they no longer understood!). We demanded that they immediately correct their mistake. They vacillated for more than a day (despite a direct dialogue with Vaneigem, who explained to them all the excellent reasons for his attitude in New York).

This problem has thus been settled by us. These precisions having been made (they are the normal consequence of our most recent collective letter to you[3]), we remain on the exact base of that letter where the discussions between you and us are concerned: naturally, at present, it is necessary to pursue this discussion through an exchange of letters -- Chris and Donald, if they still go to America, no longer speak in our name.


For the SI,
Guy Debord, Mustapha Khayati, Raoul Vaneigem

(Written on the letterhead of the Situationist International.)

[1] Situationists in the American section. [Translator: Elwell was admitted into the American section, and thus into the SI as a whole, by Chasse and Verlaan.]

[2] See letter dated 21 December 1967.

[3] Translator: see letter dated 5 December 1967.

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 3, 1965-1968. Footnotes by Alice Debord, except where noted. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! September 2005.)

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