Thanks for the translation. The Japanese comrades speak a summary English. The translation should not risk being too literal (rather one should reproach it for not being literal enough! But I can correct several points in which the notions of art criticism, the critique of art, etc., are mixed together).
So much the better if Jollivet reawakens.
Yes, I know about the split that’s taking place in P.O. The Barjot (Cardan)-Canjuers-Chatel tendency represents the worst regression, [and] the passage to a certain respectable sociologism (neo-Arguments), but complicated by revolutionary pretensions and a late and disgraceful taste for modernism and “new ideas” – but it would certainly difficult for them to formulate one or two ideas that “belong to them” (sociology, on the one hand, and SI-style people, on the other hand, have already gone far, while they have slept – even the careers of [Edgar] Morin or [Georges] Lapassade are already too well-assured for Chatel to be their rivals).
Perhaps one shouldn't push cruelty to the point of judging them on the basis of a text by Alain Girard (that I have not read). Alain is currently an extremist with respect to the average “revision” of this tendency. Moreover, he is an imbec – let’s not abuse medical vocabulary – he’s a fool. He wasn’t one two years ago, but he has furiously become a fool so as to justify foolish conduct at any price. History marches on – often like this, at all levels. More easily through its bad side, says the other.
Whether the left counter-tendency ([Jean-Francois] Lyotard, P[ierre] Guillaume, Edward Taubé) will or will not finally begin an acceptable political activity, I don’t know. But at least it seems to represent the only chance to save what was positive in the old work of “S. ou B.,” which will be liquidated in one year with [the success of] this tendency – an outcome that will be comic and detestable at the same time.
Michele [Bernstein] has written to you apropos of job searches.Guy Debord
 With the journal, Notes critiques.
 A translation [into English] of “For a Revolutionary Judgment of Art” appeared in Notes critiques in June 1962.
 J.-L. Jollivet, director of the journal Notes critiques. [See letter dated 8 December 1961.]
 Pouvoir ouvrier. See letter dated 5 May 1961.
 Translator: “Barjot” and “Cardan” were pseudonyms of Cornelius Castoriadis. “Pierre Canjuers,” with whom Debord wrote “Preliminaries for a Definition of the Unity of the Revolutionary Program,” was the pseudonym of Daniel Blanchard. “Chatel” was the pseudonym of Sebastien de Diesbach.
 Translator: a striking comparison, not only because of the “sociological” similarity of the two groups, but also because Arguments collapsed in 1962 and Pouvoir ouvrier/Socialism ou Barbarie would collapse in 1965, just two years after this letter was written. (Debord thought it would happen in just one year.)
 Translator: Alain Girard is discussed in a letter dated 12 July 1961.
 Cf. letter dated 12 July 1961.
 Translator: “the other” seems to be a reference to Marx. If so, perhaps the remark about history’s march is a reference to Hegel.
 Socialisme ou Barbarie.
(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol "0": Septembre 1951 - Juillet 1957: Complete des "lettres retrouvees" et d l'index general des noms cites by Librairie Artheme Fayard, October 2010. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! March 2011. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)