from Guy Debord

To Jacques Ellul[1]
2 February 1968
My Dear Ellul:

We quite willingly respond to the students of whom you speak. The perspective that we most often encourage is that of the formation of autonomous groups. Not the recruitment of loyal partisans -- and obviously still less the recruitment of disloyal partisans!

Of course, the principal disagreement between us (from which the others derive) is on the question of religion. And, at the same time, we -- you and us -- are in agreement that this point is completely central.

To the extent that you publish in Reforme,[2] I will not push sectarianism up to the point of claiming to exercise censorship of the subjects that you treat in it (moreover, I do not feel notable affinities with Preuves[3]).

I thank you for sending your most recent book.[4] We subscribe to a good number of your reflections, although we clearly count more than you on history to one day abolish the durable bourgeois.

Guy Debord

[1] Christian-revolutionary philosopher from Bordeaux.

[2] Reforme, daily founded during the Liberation by two Protestant theologians.

[3] Preuves (1950-1975), journal officially financed by the Ford Foundation and supported by the CIA, unknown to the participants in it.

[4] Metamorphosis of the Bourgeois, Editions Calmann-Levy.

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 3, 1965-1968. Footnotes by Alice Debord. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! September 2005.)

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