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their proper names; to do otherwise is misleading. Why be deceptive when such disinformation is allied with the spectacle? Dialectics dates to Zeno of Elea, or at least Heraclitus - it was good enough for Aristotle and Plato, and again Diderot, Rousseau and Descartes. This is no place for a discourse on dialectics, rather where I'd like to respectfully suggest that Bill Brown devote less time to learning catch phrases such as the "reversible connecting factor" and think through what he believes in. In backing Greil Marcus, Bill Brown becomes a tool of the spectacle - he swaggers, but deep down he knows that my method is more honest. The bitter truth is that Marcus is very good at blowing soap bubbles that pop under inspection. It's too bad if this essay has been painful for some of you. Believe me when I say that I don't want to punish you for having illusions, rather to free you from them. As you learn this lesson, how bitter do the words "nothing new" taste, Bill Brown? What tactics, albeit propaganda tactics, strengthen the connection between relatively isolated poles of instigation? Confusionism or objectivity? What sort of appeal is useful for those who don't want to be tools of the spectacle - emotional or rational? Behind Brown's screen of words we hear his resentment and indignation that someone else would write about Debord, which, when combined with his childish wish for more emotion, is pathetic. As the recent death of Diana demonstrated, children of all ages love beautiful fairy tales, but should serious revolutionaries fall for them? Debord is dead and no novelistic narratives or interviews will bring him back to life. The only thing that can bring Debord back to life is the anarchistic aspect of the SI's activity; and here is where Bill Brown may well play a part. But he'll have to learn, along with me and all the rest of us, how to raise the stakes of this game to the level of the world historic. In other words, if one wants to play the game of history the way Debord did, one should understand his take on historicity. My goal in Guy Debord -Revolutionary was to communicate what was vital about Debord's example and, secondarily, correct a few errors. Who knows? the "reversible connecting factor" may serve as a valuable lesson by proving that no amount of sophistry and pretension can mask fundamental errors and misconceptions.

(This essay is from Extraphile #7, the "Another Shot For Bracken" issue that differs significantly from #'s 1-6 in that it is comprised primarily of Liquid Zinc, an "intimate" zerowork journal compiled in Paris in May, 1997. It can only be obtained by sending a 9" x 12" SASE with $1.50 postage, an age statement and something stolen from work to POB 5585 Arlington, VA 22205 - while supplies last!)

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