chapter  10
Nanterre, Here, Now
(1970)
Pages 14

It is absolutely necessary to identify very precisely the point of insertion of the so-called student movement into the subterranean system that constitutes the entire “reason” of our societies. This point of insertion occurs with the inevitable subordination of both the “contents” of culture and the pedagogical relation to the sole operative categories of capital: production and consumption. Not only are there no “armed gangs,” it is not enough to say that there is a crisis in our culture. Why has this crisis occurred, if not because traditional cultural values, relics of all kinds (to cite a few at random: the predominance of a university discourse and freedoms characteristic of the Middle Ages, the Napoleonic hierarchy, the secularism and neutrality of the Third Republic) combined in the university practice, are being annihilated by capitalism? The system ends up by devouring everything that is outside it; the “despair of young people” is the despair of the M-C-C-M cycle.3 The socalled student movement draws its life from the void created by the domination of capital. Such is its inevitability.