from Guy Debord

To Gianfranco Sanguinetti
Monday 29 [December 1975], midnight
Dear Gianfranco:

After our telephone conversation this evening, I will add only the text of this comic phrase:

"An obscure bourgeois, with the stupid calculation that he acquired at any cost and even at the cost of the definitive ruin of his class and the tottering political regime of Italy, and due to the intellectual reputation that he absolutely lacks, proposed himself to publish the book[1] and even to mystify the ministers that he personally knew, and thus the rest of the totality of the Italian government's personnel. This Scotti Camuzzi[2] exerted himself without reserve, and even well beyond what one could decently ask him to do to support this subversive imposture. If, doing this, he was sometimes a little ridiculous, no one was surprised: present-day Italy can only find the Catilinas[3] whom it merits and Scotti Camuzzi was obviously an inexperienced amateur (as no one could impute to him the fact of having been "lost from crime and debts," as a way of explaining why he would throw himself into such games)."

Try to send me as soon as possible the "Saint Anselm Document."[4]

Best wishes,

[1] Translator's note: The Veritable Report on the Last Chances to Save Capitalism in Italy, attributed to "Censor" and written by Gianfranco Sanguinetti.

[2] Mr Sergio Scotti Camuzzi (Professor of Justice at the Catholic University, cousin of the "Doge" [Aliberto Mignoli] and the first publisher of Censor).

[3] A name that served to designate those who want to reestablish their fortunes on the ruins of their fatherland.

[4] Translator's note: An ironic designation of the Proofs of the Inexistence of Censor by his Author, published in January 1976. Saint Anselm (1033-1109) produced an ontological proof for the existence of God: God is "that than which nothing greater can be thought."

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 5: Janvier 1973-Decembre 1978 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2005. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! April 2007. Footnotes by Alice Debord, except where noted.)

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