August 30, 2007

Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (Zone, 1995). 154 pages.

"74. IT IS BECAUSE human beings have thus far been thrust into history, and into participation in the labor and the struggles which constitute history, that they find themselves obliged to view their relationships in a clear-eyed manner. The history in question has no goal aside from whatever effects it works upon itself, even though the last unconscious metaphysical vision of the historical era may view the productive progression through which history has unfolded as itself the object of that history. As for the subject of history, it can only be the self-production of the living: the living becoming master and possessor of its world--that is, of history--and coming to exist as consciousness of its own activity" (48).