from Guy Debord and Raoul Vaneigem

To the Spur group
20 July [1961]
Dear friends:

Concerning the confiscation of Spur #5, we think everything will end well if you can manage to distribute copies of this issue. If our enemies are clever enough not to use of so clumsy a weapon as a trial, we can not artificially provoke one. They would only like to use the threat and thus obtain your silence. They haven't been successful.

The idea of defending ourselves at an "absolute trial" of the S[ituationist] I[nternational] is very good and certainly interesting for the future. But it surpasses our current capabilities. We even believe that, at this moment, it could be dangerous for us: because we are still surrounded by silence, and because there will certainly be a true trial of us much later on. At this moment, we must be believed if we cry "wolf!" It is already the case that, in the actions of the American police against Alexander Trocchi, which are quite real, people have said that we have invented it all. . . .

Concerning the conference [of the SI] at Goteberg, the first date that [Jorgen] Nash can fix is the very end of September [1961]. Several of us can come before joining you in Sweden, but there is a group of situationists who can only make this voyage between 15 and 30 September.

In this framework, and so as to end all of the hesitations concerning the date, we ask that the day of the opening is fixed by you alone (that is, by the Swedish situationists and the German situationists currently staying in Sweden).

It is necessary to alert all of the situationists at least three weeks before this date.

Thus, we expect that, based upon what you have discussed and chosen to do, Sturm and Nash (as members of the Central Council in Sweden) will address a letter of convocation to everyone, individually.

See you soon. Our regards,

G.-E. Debord and R. Vaneigem

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 2, 1960-1964. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! May 2005.)

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