Notes for the Meeting of 19 May 1970

A) From the texts already written, I will retain the following points, important and not in contradiction with previous ones:

- The necessity to define what founds the situationist community, to reaffirm for the world the specificity of the SI [Situationist International], and the specificity of each situationist for the SI.

- The triad -- "Manifesto" [1] issue #13 of the journal [2] Wildcat Strikers' Notebook -- of which the last element would be the grammatical pause of the journal and the adverbial annex of the "Manifesto," would be like an Australian boomerang in the second part of its trajectory.

- The choice of the central topic [3] for the discussion. Discussion that is necessary to show the minimum tasks for groups in formation in the months to come, in the absence of a resumption qualitatively different from wildcat strikes.

B) In what concerns the discussion of the planning of the journal, I believe it is useful to add or make precise the following points:

- The notes on our utilization of the cinema, which must be used in our offensive in this domain.

- The clarifications of "the problems of class society" that can be used by wildcat strikers when facing other workers in their organization.

I don't believe that our presence in the spectacle discourages situationism of the Brauwillener type [4] (cf. Rene-Donatien's text), but it matters more to struggle against situationism as it was defined by Raoul [Vaneigem] in accelerating the understanding of the decomposition and abolition of separations. In this sense, the unification of the journal's texts will put it in a position to supercede the fragmentation of the project that threatens its expression.

Note: written by Francois de Beaulieu, 19 May 1970. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! August 2004.

Translator's notes:

[1] The situationists planned to write and publish a "Situationist Manifesto" modeled on Marx & Engel's "Communist Manifesto" (1848), but never did.

[2] The situs also planned to publish a thirteenth issue of their journal L'Internationale Situationniste, but never finished it.

[3] parti-pris (fixed opinion, or prejudice).

[4] In the wake of May 1968, Eliane Brau, ex-husband of Jean-Louis Brau, a former member of the Lettrist International, published Le Situationnisme ou la nouvelle Internationale [Situationism, or the new International]. In 1968, Jean-Louis also published an opportunistic "situationist" book, Cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derriere toi! Histoire du mouvement revolutionnaire etudiant en Europe [Run, comrade, the old world is behind you! History of the revolutionary student movement].

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