Raoul Vaneigem


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  • ''As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. repr. In Situationist International Anthology, ed. K. Knabb (1981). "Basic Banalities I," Internationale Situationiste 7 (April 1962).
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  • ''Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 2, sct. 1 (1967, trans. 1983).
  • ''The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 5 (1967, trans. 1983).
  • ''Never before has a civilization reached such a degree of a contempt for life; never before has a generation, drowned in mortification, felt such a rage to live.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 5 (1967, trans. 1983).
  • ''Purchasing power is a license to purchase power.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 7, sct. 3 (1967, trans. 1983).
  • ''Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom?''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, introduction (1967, trans. 1983).
  • ''To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 7, sct. 2 (1967, trans. 1983).
  • ''Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 9, sct. 2 (1967, trans. 1983).
  • ''Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, introduction (1967, trans. 1983).
  • ''People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth.''
    Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian situationist philosopher. The Revolution of Everyday Life, ch. 1, sct. 4 (1967, trans. 1983). The last words were graffitied onto walls in Paris during the 1968 revolt.

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