Australian Left Review

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The Last Decadent


McKenzie Wark


The situationists were an odd lot; in revolt against both art and politics, they refused to compromise with either. Guy Debord ruthlessly expelled anyone who showed signs of compromise, and in the end expelled himself as well. Yet for all that he will be remembered for some time to come for his incendiary tract The Society of the Spectacle, a crystal clear hegelian-marxist analysis of the spectacular form of capitalist society. Everyone from Baudrillard to the Sex Pistols have dipped into it, yet few have fathomed this strange and hermetic book. It is the last great classic of western marxism.