from Guy Debord

To Jean-Pierre Baudet
24 August 1987
Dear Jean-Pierre:

I received your letter of the 21st[1] this morning. I will respond immediately to your question.

It seems to me that authors who have been led to engage in polemics about the social movement with other authors from the same publishing house must in no case get the publisher involved in. As good as the house might be, and even if it had been univocally coherent (if it was the publishing house of a revolutionary organization), divergences should not see their public expression suspended by the publisher's nihil obstat.[2]

I especially think that it would be more delicate for Floriana [Lebovici][3] to not fear taking sides in such an affair. Because if you communicate the text to her as a manuscript, and if she "prohibits" you from publishing it, the others could in sum reproach her for having authorized this publication! Considering the veritable insanity accumulated over such a long time in the interpretations of all that "Champ Libre" did, one can easily imagine the unhappiness of all these honest Encyclopedists.[4] Leave to them the responsibility for spreading the debate to such a terrain. Content yourself with sending the publication to all the people concerned on the same day.

Best wishes,

[1] See letter from Baudet to Debord 21 August 1987.

[2] Latin: "There is nothing to be objected to."

[3] In charge of Editions Gerard Lebovici, inheritor of Editions Champ Libre.

[4] Those in charge of the Encyclopedia of Nuisances, with whom Jean-Pierre Baudet and Jean-Francois Martos had a serious disagreement concerning Guy Fargette's remarks about the December 1986 "student" movement.

(Published in Jean-Francois Martos, Correspondance avec Guy Debord, Le fin mot de l'Histoire, August 1998. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! June 2007. Footnotes by the translator.)

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