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A Declaration of the Rights of Human Beings
Raoul Vaneigem
Price: $ 24.95

Raoul Vaneigem is one of the founding fathers of the Situationists, whose writings triggered the events of May 1968. Working at first alongside Guy Debord, and then, after the inevitable split, pursuing his own interests, Vaneigem has established a unique place in the world of French political thought, and is a Situationist icon.

In this new book, he sets out quite literally to create a new declaration of human rights, by updating earlier declarations -- from the French Revolution to the UN declaration in 1948 -- on the grounds that "we can no longer make do with the liberties derived from free exchange, while the free circulation of capital is establishing a tyranny that reduces humankind and the earth to a commodity". By turns playful, poetic and provocative, there is nevertheless a profoundly serious side even to his lighter pronouncements. According to the Le Monde review of the book, "all opponents of globalization should carry it in their luggage".

Raoul Vaneigem was born in 1934, and was a member of the Situationist International from 1961-1970. Essayist and historian of religion, he has published numerous books on politics and philosophy since his seminal "The Revolution of Everday Life" (1967). He is rumoured to live in Belgium.

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