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La Vielle Taupe

La Veille Taupe is a bookshop in Paris. It means Old Mole and comes from a communist conception of the maturation of social forces beneath the surface of society which eventually erupt in revolutionary movements.

The bookshop was founded in 1965 at 1, rue des Fosses Jacques, Paris 5, Odeon 39-46. It was the major source for texts by the Situationist International, Amadeo Bordiga and other ultra-left groups. The works of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were available, but only in a waste bin. Marx's Theses on Feuerbach[?] were available as a poster thanks to Guy Debord. The situationists did much of the fly postering and along with Pouvoir Ouvrier[?] turned up for the opening party.

In 1966 the Situationists fell out with La Veille Taupe and withdrew their publications. The bookshop continued as a focus of ultraleft activity until its closure in 1972.

In 1979 Pierre Guiallaume approached Gerard Lebovici[?] with a proposal to publish the negationist text Le Mensonge d'Ulysse by Paul Rassiner[?]. Lebovici refused so in 1980 Guiallaume relaunched La Veille Taupe as negationist publishing house. Rassiner's book was the first published. Many of Guillaume's former associates deplore his reuse of the name for a purpose they regard as completely at odds with their former involvement. Guillaume's suggestion that Guy Debord was a secret negationist as obscene. Some people view ultra-left negationism as evidence that the ultra-left and ultra-right are very similar - the meeting of the extremes. However most ultra left activists would distance themselves from all forms of negationism, and regard Guillaume's more recent development as a sad decline. Guillaume sees La Veille Taupe as a genuine ultra left venture which concentrates on exposing the lies of the capitalist victors of the second world war, even if most of the people who listen to him are from the far right.



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