from Guy Debord

To Rodolphe Gasche
24 September 1962
Dear Rodolphe:

Today, someone communicated to me news of the most recent stage of the Nashist Bauhaus and the place that [Hans-Peter] Zimmer occupies in it.

Quite surely, to the extent that the news concerning the tendency of your new German journal and its collaborators is inexact, it is necessary to consider that all of what I wrote to you in my letter of 22 September has radically changed.

We are all in agreement on the fact that Nashism is a complete programmatic nullity -- and even, without doubt, a nullity on the plane of traditional art -- but the S[ituationist] I[nternational] analyzes exactly the forces that the current culture expresses through Nashism. For anyone, the question absolutely isn't taking six months or two years to say to us that he or she is "against" Nashism (this would truly be easy and inexpensive, because by then there will no longer be any Nashism). Collaboration in the present with this Nashist-situationism of the lie is accounted by the SI to be a definitive choice on the plane of principles of action. The boycott that the SI will continue to maintain in the future is founded on the collusions that manifest themselves at this moment. This isn't an excess of violence on our part: only the clear consciousness that, if one procedes otherwise, one loses the usage of a fearful weapon, one that we are very happy to have!

Cordially yours,

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

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