By Guy DEBORD
The Das Kapital of the twentieth century. a necessary textual content, and the most theoretical paintings of the situationists. Few works of political and cultural concept were as enduringly provocative. From its booklet amid the social upheavals of the 1960's as much as the current, the unstable theses of this booklet have decisively reworked debates at the form of modernity, capitalism, and daily life within the past due twentieth century. This re-creation is the Ken Knabb translation. definitely it has the main ''modern'' layout of all 3 versions, in addition to a brief new advent from the translator.
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Since he nevertheless maintained the external position of thought, this externality could be masked only by identi fying that thought with a pre-existing project of the Spirit of that absolute heroic force which has done what it wille d and willed what it has done, and whose ultimate goal coin cides with the present. Philosophy, in the process of being superseded by historical thought, has thus arrived at the point where it can glorify its world only by denying it, since in order to speak it must presuppose that the total history to which it has relegated everything has already come to an end, and that the only tribunal where truth could be judged is closed.
100 THE HI STO RICAL moment when Bolshevism triumphed for itself in Russia and social democracy fought victoriously for the old world marks the inauguration of the state of affairs that is at the heart of the modern spectacle's domination: the representation ofthe working class has become an enemy of the working class. 101 "IN ALL previous revolutions," wrote Rosa Luxemburg in Die Rote Fahne of 21 December 1918, "the combatants faced each other openly and directly - class against class, program against program.
The totalitarian ideological pronouncement obliterates reality as well as purpose; nothing exists but what it says exists. ss played an essential role in the spectacle's global de velopment. This particular materialization of ideology did not transform the world economically, as did advanced capi talism; it simply used police-state methods to transform people's perception of the world. 106 TH E RULING totalitarian-ideological class is the ruler of a world turned upside down. The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist, and its power is employed above all to enforce this claim.
Society of the Spectacle by Guy DEBORD