From Socialist Review…
Forget the Situationists
Why does Socialist Review perpetuate the myth that Situationism “played a significant role in the great events of May 1968 in France” (Books, Socialist Review, March 2010)? The Situationists had a negligible influence among students and few, if any, of the 10 million workers who struck and occupied had ever heard of them.
In June 1968 de Gaulle’s government banned a number of revolutionary groups. The Situationists were not included – doubtless nobody had noticed them. Nonetheless they immediately fled to Brussels, while the real left got on with the job of rebuilding their organisations. So much for “rage and desire”.
The Situationists were cowards and charlatans. Forget them.