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CONSPIRACIES, COVER-UPS & DIVERSIONS: A COLLECTION OF LIES, HOAXES & HIDDEN TRUTHS by Stewart Home, Sabotage Editions, London 1995
The best parts of this rare and out-of-print pamphlet were recycled in Confusion Incorporated, which also recycled the subtitle. The introduction follows:
Quodcumque ostendis mihi sic, incredulus odi. Horace.
The smallest fragment in the world is infinite. What does one see or paint or write? In the last analysis, what one wishes to see, and what one can see. Nietzsche.
At the beginning of 1993 I decided it was time to revive a polemical style of journalism that was popular in pre-revolutionary France and which is now recognised as having played a major role in the downfall of the French monarchy. In his book The Literary Underground Of The Old Regime (Harvard University Press, 1982), Robert Darnton uses the following words to describe the phenomena that interested me: 'The Grub Street mentality made itself heard with exceptional vehemence during the last years of the Old Regime. It spoke through the libelle, the hack writers' staff of life, their meat, their favorite genre and a genre that deserves to be rescued from the neglect of historians, because it communicates the Grub Street view of the world: a spectacle of knaves and fools buying and selling one another and forever falling victim to les grands. The grand monde was the real target of the libelles. They slandered the court, the church, the aristocracy, the academies, the salons, everything elevated and respectable, including the monarchy itself, with a scurrility that is difficult to imagine today, although it has had a long career in underground literature. For pamphleteers had lived by libel since the time of Aretino.'
Stewart Home, London April 1995.
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