On the Poverty of Student Life:
considered in its economic, political, psychological, sexual, and
particularly intellectual aspects, and a modest proposal for its
by U.N.E.F. Strasbourg
First published in 1966 at the University of Strasbourg by students
of the university and members of the Internationale Situationniste.
A few students elected to the student union printed 10,000 copies
with university funds. The copies were distributed at the official
ceremony marking the beginning of the academic year. The student
union was promptly closed by court order. The judge's summation
is reproduced here.
We might very well say, and no one would disagree with us, that
the student is the most universally despised creature in France,
apart from the priest and the policeman. Naturally he is usually
attacked from the wrong point of view, with specious reasons derived
from the ruling ideology. He may be worth the contempt of a true