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Ken Knabb is a writer and translator living in Berkeley, California. His translations include Guy Debord's film scripts and the "Situationist International Anthology" (texts by the notorious group that helped trigger the May 1968 revolt in France). His own writings, collected in the book "Public Secrets," have been translated into over a dozen other languages.
THE LIMITS OF ELECTORAL POLITICS
Roughly speaking we can distinguish five degrees of "government":
(1) Unrestricted freedom
(2) Direct democracy
(3) Delegate democracy
(4) Representative democracy
(5) Overt minority dictatorship
Sunday, June 4, 2006
Reflections on the Uprising in France; Lessons Learned
Analysis of the recent revolt in France, with translations from original French documents and graffiti. The movement has already achieved two victories-- success in forcing the government to back down and refutation of the snide, long prevailing conventional wisdom : Revolution is obsolete. There is no alternative to the reigning system. Dont be too radical or youll alienate the general public.