from Guy Debord

To the American, Italian and Scandanavian sections
Copies to Robert Chasse and Bruce Elwell
19 December 1969

Persisting in their insolence, Chasse and Elwell declare, in their circular of 3 December [1969], that they refuse the circular of the Italian section, which, in its turn, refused the pseudo-exclusion of Comrade [Tony] Verlaan. And persisting in their bad faith, they do not draw any conclusions from the confrontation of the two refusals.

Their ill-advised threats against the Italian section do not matter to us at all; not any more than we will wait for their response to the French section's statement of position, also dated 3 December.[1]

We have only been too patient, in the name of the methods of democratic organization, with respect to the two individuals who flaunt them openly, cynically and without awareness of their own ridiculousness.

The Italian section hasn't "refused" a theoretical hypothesis, a tactical option or any other discussable thing; it has refused an infamy. The [Situationist] International as a whole has already refused the exclusion of Comrade Verlaan in designating it a false exclusion. It goes without saying that those who pronounce a false exclusion are excluded by this very fact. All that was discussable has been discussed; this no longer is.

We draw the attention of Chasse and Elwell to the fact that they must remit to the American section of the International, and this upon the first demand made by Comrade Horelick or Comrade Verlaan, all documents, archives, stocks, lists of addresses and all other items relevant to the past activity of the American section. Chasse and Elwell must respond personally to any possible difficulty occasioned in this connection by their deed and by any delays.

For the French section,
[Francois de] Beaulieu, [Patrick] Cheval, [Guy] Debord,
[Rene] Riesel, [Christian] Sebastiani, [Raoul] Vaneigem

[1] See supra.

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 4, 1969-1972. Footnote by Alice Debord. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! June 2005.)

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