Raoul Vaneigem

Born: 1934

Occupation: Writer

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Raoul Vaneigem

The organization controlling the material equipment of our everyday life is such that what in itself would enable us to construct it richly plunges us instead into a poverty of abundance, making alienation...

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Privative appropriation and domination are thus originally imposed and felt as a positive right, but in the form of a negative universality. Valid for everyone, justified in everyone's eyes by divine or...

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Production and consumption are the nipples of modern society. Thus suckled, humanity grows in strength and beauty; rising standard of living, all modern conveniences, distractions of all kinds, culture...

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Suffering is the pain of constraints. An atom of pure delight, no matter how small, can hold it at bay.

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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.

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In the kingdom of consumption the citizen is king. A democratic monarchy: equality before consumption, fraternity in consumption, and freedom through consumption.

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We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.

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The work of art of the future will be the construction of a passionate life.

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To work for delight and authentic festivity is barely distinguishable from preparing for a general insurrection

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The history of our times calls to mind those Walt Disney characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it, so that the power of their imagination keeps them suspended in mid-air; but...

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Where constraint breaks people, and mediation makes fools of them, the seduction of power is what makes them love their oppression. Because of it, people give up their real riches for a cause that mutilates...

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Purchasing power is a license to purchase power.

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In the twentieth century, death terrifies men less than the absence of real life. All these dead, mechanized, specialized actions, stealing a little bit of life a thousand times a day until the mind and...

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I do not dream of a gentle revolution. My passion runs to the violence of supersession, the ferocity of a life that renounces nothing.

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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,...

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In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.

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Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it.

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Who wants a world in which the guarantee that we shall not die of starvation entails the risk of dying of boredom?

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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...

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To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects.

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Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it. Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not.

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Hope is the leash of submission.

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The eruption of lived pleasure is such that in losing myself I find myself; forgetting that I exist, I realize myself.

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Purchasing power is a license to purchase power. The old proletariat sold its labour power in order to subsist; what little leisure time it had was passed pleasantly enough in conversations, arguments,...

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Daydreaming subverts the world.

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People without imagination are beginning to tire of the importance attached to comfort, to culture, to leisure, to all that destroys imagination. This means that people are not really tired of comfort,...

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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.

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The millions of human beings who were shot, tortured, starved, treated like animals and made the object of a conspiracy of ridicule, can sleep in peace in their communal graves, for at least the struggle...

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Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.

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Work to survive, survive by consuming, survive to consume; the hellish cycle is complete.

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