[sixties-l] Fwd: MAY 1968 GRAFFITI

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    >Subject: MAY 1968 GRAFFITI
    >Translations of over 200 graffiti from the May 1968 revolt in France are now
    >online at:
    >B U R E A U O F P U B L I C S E C R E T S
    >MAY 1968 GRAFFITI
    >In the decor of the spectacle, the eye meets only things and their prices.
    >Commute, work, commute, sleep . . .
    >Meanwhile everyone wants to breathe and nobody can
    >and many say, "We will breathe later."
    >And most of them don't die because they are already dead.
    >Boredom is counterrevolutionary.
    >We don't want a world where the guarantee of not dying
    >of starvation brings the risk of dying of boredom.
    >We want to live.
    >Don't beg for the right to live take it.
    >In a society that has abolished every kind of adventure
    >the only adventure that remains is to abolish the society.
    >The liberation of humanity is all or nothing.
    >Those who make revolutions half way only dig their own graves.
    >No replastering, the structure is rotten.
    >Masochism today takes the form of reformism.
    >Reform my ass.
    >The revolution is incredible because it's really happening.
    >I came, I saw, I was won over.
    >Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!
    >If we only have enough time . . .
    >In any case, no regrets!
    >Already ten days of happiness.
    >Live in the moment.
    >Comrades, if everyone did like us . . .
    >We will ask nothing. We will demand nothing. We will take, occupy.
    >Down with the state.
    >When the National Assembly becomes a bourgeois theater, all the bourgeois
    >theaters should be turned into national assemblies.*
    >[*Written above the entrance of the occupied Odon Theater]
    >Referendum: whether we vote yes or no, it turns us into suckers.
    >It's painful to submit to our bosses;
    >it's even more stupid to choose them.
    >Let's not change bosses, let's change life.
    >Don't liberate me I'll take care of that.
    >I'm not a servant of the people (much less of their
    >self-appointed leaders). Let the people serve themselves.
    >Abolish class society.
    >Nature created neither servants nor masters.
    >I want neither to rule nor to be ruled.
    >We will have good masters as soon as everyone is their own.
    >"In revolution there are two types of people:
    >those who make it and those who profit from it."
    >Warning: ambitious careerists may now be disguised as "progressives."
    >Don't be taken in by the politicos and their filthy demagogy.
    >We must rely on ourselves.
    >Socialism without freedom is a barracks.
    >All power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    >We want structures that serve people, not people serving structures.
    >The revolution doesn't belong to the committees, it's yours.
    >Politics is in the streets.
    >Barricades close the streets but open the way.
    >Our hope can come only from the hopeless.
    >A proletarian is someone who has no power over his life and knows it.
    >Never work.
    >People who work get bored when they don't work.
    >People who don't work never get bored.
    >Workers of all countries, enjoy!
    >Since 1936 I have fought for wage increases.
    >My father before me fought for wage increases.
    >Now I have a TV, a fridge, a Volkswagen.
    >Yet my whole life has been a drag.
    >Don't negotiate with the bosses. Abolish them.
    >The boss needs you, you don't need the boss.
    >By stopping our machines together we will demonstrate their weakness.
    >Occupy the factories.
    >Power to the workers councils.
    >(an enrag)
    >Power to the enrags councils.
    >(a worker)
    >Worker: You may be only 25 years old,
    >but your union dates from the last century.
    >Labor unions are whorehouses.
    >Comrades, let's lynch Sguy!*
    >[*Georges Sguy, head bureaucrat of the Communist Party-dominated labor
    >Please leave the Communist Party as clean on leaving
    >it as you would like to find it on entering.
    >Stalinists, your children are with us!
    >Man is neither Rousseau's noble savage nor
    >the Church's or La Rochefoucauld's depraved sinner.
    >He is violent when oppressed, gentle when free.
    >Conflict is the origin of everything.
    >If we have to resort to force, don't sit on the fence.
    >Be cruel.
    >Humanity won't be happy till the last capitalist is hung
    >with the guts of the last bureaucrat.
    >When the last sociologist has been hung with the guts of
    >the last bureaucrat, will we still have "problems"?
    >The passion of destruction is a creative joy.
    >A single nonrevolutionary weekend is infinitely more
    >bloody than a month of total revolution.
    >The tears of philistines are the nectar of the gods.
    >This concerns everyone.
    >We are all German Jews.
    >We refuse to be highrised, diplomaed, licensed,
    >inventoried, registered, indoctrinated, suburbanized,
    >sermonized, beaten, telemanipulated, gassed, booked.
    >We are all "undesirables."
    >We must remain "unadapted."
    >The forest precedes man, the desert follows him.
    >Under the paving stones, the beach.
    >Concrete breeds apathy.
    >Coming soon to this location: charming ruins.
    >Beautiful, maybe not, but O how charming: life versus survival.
    >"My aim is to agitate and disturb people.
    >I'm not selling bread, I'm selling yeast."
    >Conservatism is a synonym for rottenness and ugliness.
    >You are hollow.
    >You will end up dying of comfort.
    >Hide yourself, object!
    >No to coat-and-tie revolution.
    >A revolution that requires us to sacrifice
    >ourselves for it is Papa's revolution.
    >Revolution ceases to be the moment it calls for self-sacrifice.
    >The prospect of finding pleasure tomorrow will
    >never compensate for today's boredom.
    >When people notice they are bored, they stop being bored.
    >Happiness is a new idea.
    >Live without dead time.
    >Those who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring
    >to everyday reality have a corpse in their mouth.
    >Culture is an inversion of life.
    >Poetry is in the streets.
    >The most beautiful sculpture is a paving stone thrown at a cop's head.
    >Art is dead, don't consume its corpse.
    >Art is dead, let's liberate our everyday life.
    >Art is dead, Godard can't change that.
    >Godard: the supreme Swiss Maoist jerk.
    >Permanent cultural vibration.
    >We want a wild and ephemeral music.
    >We propose a fundamental regeneration:
    >concert strikes,
    >sound gatherings with collective investigation.
    >Abolish copyrights: sound structures belong to everyone.
    >Anarchy is me.
    >Revolution, I love you.
    >Down with the abstract, long live the ephemeral.
    >(Marxist-Pessimist Youth)
    >Don't consume Marx, live him.
    >I'm a Groucho Marxist.
    >I take my desires for reality because I believe
    >in the reality of my desires.
    >Desiring reality is great! Realizing your desires is even better!
    >Practice wishful thinking.
    >I declare a permanent state of happiness.
    >Be realistic, demand the impossible.
    >Power to the imagination.
    >Those who lack imagination cannot imagine what is lacking.
    >Imagination is not a gift, it must be conquered.
    >Action must not be a reaction, but a creation.
    >Action enables us to overcome divisions and find solutions.
    >Exaggeration is the beginning of invention.
    >The enemy of movement is skepticism. Everything that has been realized
    >comes from dynamism, which comes from spontaneity.
    >Here, we spontane.
    >"You must bear a chaos in yourself in
    >order to bring a dancing star into the world."
    >Chance must be systematically explored.
    >Alcohol kills. Take LSD.
    >Unbutton your mind as often as your fly.
    >"Every view of things that is not strange is false."
    >Life is elsewhere.
    >Forget everything you've been taught. Start by dreaming.
    >Form dream committees.
    >Dare! This word contains all the politics of the present moment. (Saint-Just)
    >Arise, ye wretched of the university.
    >Students are jerks.
    >The student's susceptibility to recruitment as a militant for
    >any cause is a sufficient demonstration of his real impotence.
    >(enrag women)
    >Professors, you make us grow old.
    >Terminate the university.
    >Rape your Alma Mater.
    >What if we burned the Sorbonne?
    >Professors, you are as senile as your culture, your modernism
    >is nothing but the modernization of the police.
    >We refuse the role assigned to us: we will not be trained as police dogs.
    >We don't want to be the watchdogs or servants of capitalism.
    >Exams = servility, social promotion, hierarchical society.
    >When examined, answer with questions.
    >Insolence is the new revolutionary weapon.
    >Every teacher is taught, everyone taught teaches.
    >The Old Mole of history seems to be splendidly
    >undermining the Sorbonne.
    >(telegram from Marx, 13 May 1968)
    >Thought that stagnates rots.
    >To call in question the society you "live" in, you must first
    >be capable of calling yourself in question.
    >Take revolution seriously, but don't take yourself seriously.
    >The walls have ears. Your ears have walls.
    >Making revolution also means breaking our internal chains.
    >A cop sleeps inside each one of us. We must kill him.
    >Drive the cop out of your head.
    >Religion is the ultimate con.
    >Neither God nor master.
    >If God existed it would be necessary to abolish him.
    >Can you believe that some people are still Christians?
    >Down with the toad of Nazareth.
    >How can you think freely in the shadow of a chapel?
    >We want a place to piss, not a place to pray.
    >I suspect God of being a leftist intellectual.
    >The bourgeoisie has no other pleasure than to degrade all pleasures.
    >Going through the motions kills the emotions.
    >Struggle against the emotional fixations that paralyze our potentials.
    >(Committee of Women on the Path of Liberation)
    >Constraints imposed on pleasure incite the
    >pleasure of living without constraints.
    >The more I make love, the more I want to make revolution.
    >The more I make revolution, the more I want to make love.
    >SEX: It's okay, says Mao, as long as you don't do it too often.
    >Comrades, 5 hours of sleep a day is indispensable:
    >we need you for the revolution.
    >Embrace your love without dropping your guard.
    >I love you!!! Oh, say it with paving stones!!!
    >I"m coming in the paving stones.
    >Total orgasm.
    >Comrades, people are making love in the Poli Sci
    >classrooms, not only in the fields.
    >Revolutionary women are more beautiful.
    >Zelda, I love you! Down with work!
    >The young make love, the old make obscene gestures.
    >Make love, not war.
    >Love one another.
    >Whoever speaks of love destroys love.
    >Down with consumer society.
    >The more you consume, the less you live.
    >Commodities are the opium of the people.
    >Burn commodities.
    >You can't buy happiness. Steal it.
    >See Nanterre and live. Die in Naples with Club Med.
    >Are you a consumer or a participant?
    >To be free in 1968 means to participate.
    >I participate.
    >You participate.
    >He participates.
    >We participate.
    >They profit.
    >The golden age was the age when gold didn't reign.
    >"The cause of all wars, riots and injustices is the existence of property."
    >(St. Augustine)
    >Happiness is hanging your landlord.
    >Millionaires of the world unite. The wind is turning.
    >The economy is wounded I hope it dies!
    >How sad to love money.
    >You too can steal.
    >"Amnesty: An act in which the rulers
    >pardon the injustices they have committed."
    >(Ambrose Bierce)*
    >[*The definition in Bierce"s Devil's Dictionary is actually: "Amnesty: The
    >magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish."]
    >Abolish alienation.
    >Obedience begins with consciousness;
    >consciousness begins with disobedience.
    >First, disobey; then write on the walls.
    >(Law of 10 May 1968)
    >I don't like to write on walls.
    >Write everywhere.
    >Before writing, learn to think.
    >I don't know how to write but I would like to say
    >beautiful things and I don't know how.
    >I don't have time to write!!!
    >I have something to say but I don't know what.
    >Freedom is the right to silence.
    >Long live communication, down with telecommunication.
    >You, my comrade, you who I was unaware of amid the tumult, you who
    >are throttled, afraid, suffocated come, talk to us.
    >Talk to your neighbors.
    >Look in front of you!!!
    >Help with cleanup, there are no maids here.
    >Revolution is an INITIATIVE.
    >Speechmaking is counterrevolutionary.
    >Comrades, stop applauding, the spectacle is everywhere.
    >Don't get caught up in the spectacle of opposition. Oppose the spectacle.
    >Down with spectacle-commodity society.
    >Down with journalists and those who cater to them.
    >Only the truth is revolutionary.
    >No forbidding allowed.
    >Freedom is the crime that contains all crimes. It is our ultimate weapon.
    >The freedom of others extends mine infinitely.
    >No freedom for the enemies of freedom.
    >Free our comrades.
    >Open the gates of the asylums, prisons and other faculties.
    >Open the windows of your heart.
    >To hell with boundaries.
    >You can no longer sleep quietly once you've suddenly opened your eyes.
    >The future will only contain what we put into it now.
    >These graffiti are drawn primarily from Julien Besanon's Les murs ont la
    >parole (Tchou, 1968), Walter Lewino's L'imagination au pouvoir (Losfeld,
    >1968), Marc Rohan's Paris '68 (Impact, 1968), Ren Vinet's Enrags et
    >situationnistes dans le mouvement des occupations (Gallimard, 1968), and
    >Grard Lambert's Mai 1968: brlante nostalgie (Pied de nez, 1988).
    >Translated by Ken Knabb, March 1999.
    >No copyright.

    >knabb@slip.net http://www.slip.net/~knabb

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