Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Raoul Vaneigem over at Info Exchange:

HUO: Today, more than forty years after May ‘68, how do you feel life and society have evolved?

RV: We are witnessing the collapse of financial capitalism. This was easily predictable. Even among economists, where one finds even more idiots than in the political sphere, a number had been sounding the alarm for a decade or so. Our situation is paradoxical: never in Europe have the forces of repression been so weakened, yet never have the exploited masses been so passive. Still, insurrectional consciousness always sleeps with one eye open. The arrogance, incompetence, and powerlessness of the governing classes will eventually rouse it from its slumber, as will the progression in hearts and minds of what was most radical about May 1968 (more...)

Readers Comments

  1. Hi

    A great interview - it was originally in E-Flux May 2009 issue - you can see the original piece here: along with a 'what's your favourite' questionnaire. And which book does Vaneigem find 'captivating'? See: (Sorry - you need to ban publishers from your comment boxes!)

  2. What's happened to this site? No updates since mid-November! I sincerely hope Ready Steady Book hasn't died, since it is (or used to be) one of the best literary sites on the Web.

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