from Guy Debord

To Andre Frankin
8 September 1961
Dear Andre:

There's nothing surprising in the fact that you find an agreement between your views and my speech to the sociologists, since it is a question of the positions of the S[ituationist] I[nternational], which you have shared for a period of time that isn't short. Moreover, this text is principally an exposition of generalities: the more Frankinian theses that we have made known, have been published in two or three previous issues of the our journal, under your signature.

These generalities are themselves inseparable from other theoretical formulations by the group published in #6 and drafted by Kotanyi or another person. The distinction that you make between these texts is completely artificial (thus, I don't see the interest of directing it to me); also artificial is your pretension to a "property of ideas," which, it seems to me, is always a ridiculous claim, even when one has the right to make it (thus, I don't see the interest of directing it to me).

I take note of the bad faith that motivates a communication from you to me and that clearly pertains to the fact that you are affiliated with the Belgian Stalinist party, without saying so.

I find, in all this, a very Aragonesque resonance. Thirty years late.

Sincere regrets,

P.S. The address of the Center for Sociological Studies of the CNRS is 82, rue Cardinet, Paris, 17th.

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

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