from Guy Debord

To all the members of the SI
7 August 1970

You have received the letter from Paolo Salvadori dated 3 August 1970. The five comrades undersigned reject this letter in its entirety. They reject the idea that one can base an exclusion on such a written claim as this: "As for the reasons, there isn't a particular one, because they exist all together." One can not have an exclusion from the SI without a precise and particular reason. On the other hand, all the reasons that have followed this preliminary declaration have been derisory and sordid to our eyes.

We do not pose the problem of keeping Gianfranco Sanguinetti in the SI, if it is true that he himself has voted for his own exclusion.

Comrades [Guy] Debord, [Rene] Riesel, [Christian] Sebastiani and [Tony] Verlaan demand from the SI as a whole the exclusion of Paolo Salvadori. Comrade [Rene] Vienet estimates "that Paolo Salvadori's serious error of method, bearing in mind the process of spoilage in the Italian section, at the end of which it intervened, can be explained but not justified; and it can be surpassed by a auto-critique that renews itself with lucid practice."

On the other hand, the undersigned delegate Comrade Vienet to meet immediately with Paolo Salvadori, in Milan if possible, in order to receive the six million Lira that the SI recently acquired [from Gianfanco Sanguinetti].

Debord, Riesel, Sebastiani, Verlaan, Vienet

(Published in Guy Debord, Correspondance, Volume 4, 1969-1972. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! June 2005.)

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