[Free] Malign Velocities Accelerationism and Capitalism BY Benjamin Noys
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*and circulation italics *circulation italics original and to integrate the repetitive and deadening circuit of the sexual drive into the deadening circuit of abour Using Walter Benjamin s reading of The Railway Disaster at the Firth of Tay as a springboard Noys begins to plot out an alternative to accelerationism that doesn t simply regress back into traditional failing proletarian narratives Two key measures would be to tap and resist the incitement of desire that capitalism produces and a restoration of the sense of friction that interrupts and disrupts the fundamental accelerationist fantasy of smooth integration Parts of this book
were decidedly a bit beyond my comprehension and took awhile fordecidedly a bit beyond my comprehension and took awhile for to dig around the vocabulary I am not that familiar with but beyond that I am surprised by the well roundedness of Noys s exploration of the topic As such some uotes showing his words are better than my attempt to sum them up What we can trace between anti accelerationists and accelerationists is a strangeconvergence on nostalgia nostalgia for a vanishing possibility of socialist slow down itself aterminal slide away from socialism versus a capitalist ostalgie that can only fill in our absentfuture with past dreams of acceleration This is a painful irony for accelerationism inparticular which stakes so much on its futurism The nostalgia is a nostalgia for forces adesire for something anything to generate enough energy and momentum to break thehorizon of the present It is important that this is a metaphysics of forces and not force in thesingular to account for the dispersion and inking of different possible sites into a plane ofimmanence Accelerationism is constructive but the construct replicates the past in the guiseof a possible futureIf accelerationism points to the problem of L'Europe et le mythe de l'Occident labor as the moving contradiction of capital both source of value and sueezed out by the machine then it tries to solve thiscontradiction by alchemisingabor with the machine I want to suggest that this is not asolution We can t speed through to some future Calvinists Incorporated Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier University of Chicago Geography Research Papers labor delegated to the machine nor can wereturn to the good old days ofabor as honest day s work In fact accelerationism indicatesthe impossibility of The Kitchen Linens Book Using Sharing and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives labor within the form of capitalism This obviously doesn t meanabordoes not take place but it means abor can t and doesn t perform the function of politicalsocial and economic validation capitalism implies The readiness of capitalism to abandonany particular form of abor at the drop of a hat or at the drop of the markets suggests thatlabor cannot carry the ideological weight it is supposed toIn his study of workers in post Apartheid South Africa Franco Barchiesi has detailed howon the one hand work is the condition of neoliberal citizenship and how on the other handit can t allow for true self reproduction The privatization of healthcare insurancetransportation costs home ownership etc Thank You God For Everything leaves thoseucky enough to be in work unableto survive While Dirla tutta sul mercato globale. Idee per un'economia mondiale assennata labor is essential for citizenship if we think of the demonization of welfare scroungers benefit cheats and so on and on it also never performs thatfunctionWhat is also crucial about Barchiesi s argument is that he notes that the revelation of this precariousness or impossibility ofabor does not simply Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing lead toeft wing political activation but in the current ideologic. Celerate it Rejecting this conclusion Malign Velocities tracks this 'accelerationism' as the symptom of the misery and pain of abour under capitalism Retracing a series of historical moments of accelerationism the Italian Futurism; communist accelerationism after the Russian Revolution; the 'cyberpunk phuturism' of the ’90s and ’00. .
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so to speak Well written in the sense that even when ito speak Well written in the sense that even when i bits that i knew nothing about ie Lacan and did not really understand what was being said it still didn t become boring or make me zone out An appropriately Speedy At Times Even Breathlessly Paced Intervention That Critiues The at times even breathlessly paced intervention that critiues the powers so often ascribed to accelerationalism I d say it s a bit heavy on theory and ight on examples but each chapter is so densely packed and forcefully argued that there s The Gold's Gym Training Encyclopedia little to complain about apart from the fact thatike most Zero books including my own this one also would have benefited from some diligent copy editing This is a fascinating book that manages the balance between high theory and a social diagnosis of contemporary The Origin of Feces life It features a deep undergirding ofeft politics which enables the diagnosis of accelerationism as a political and cultural
StrategyAt Its Most Basic This Book Enters The Problem Ofits most basic this book enters the problem of It explores the contradictory hope and devastation of new technologies exploring the Futurists Detroit techno the cyberpunks and the dotcom bubblePerhaps most significantly Noys helps us to understand what is happening to the workplace and Redeeming the Republic Federalists Taxation and the Origins of the Constitution labour Canabour and work become any faster What will be the social cost of that accelerationism This books provides a trajectory to that answer Noys assembles genealogical materials that successfully strip away some of the appeal of accelerationism The spirit is argumentative but Noys is sensitive to the intricacies of the arguments he addresses reconstructing them often with clarity than is achieved by the disciples of the cult of non personality The readings of the accelerationist canon and the careful analysis of its excremental vision are highlights As one of the few perhaps the only book ength critiues of accelerationism Malign Velocities provides a powerful and necessary alternative approach to the idea that the only valuable strategy the political eft can adopt in the second decade of the twenty first century is not to resist rather to speed up capitalist modes of production in order to assist them in reaching their own breaking point Noys navigates through historical examples of accelerationism identifying common themes shared by the Italian Futurists defiant communist accelerationists such as Aleksei Gastev the post 68 machinic utopianists such as Deleuze Guattari and Pynchon and the cyberpunk phuturists of the 90s Nick Land and the Ccru Of course this means that Noys definition of accelerationism is uite generic and his individual critiues tend not to travel far beyond their own chapters Regardless many of his criticisms tend to stick in the memory and seem fair and measured as opposed to unfair and scathing accelerationism as utopian excess experienced as jouissance ecstasy that collapses into masochistic pain an ironically nostalgic attempt to recreate the future of the past and a postgraduate disorder suggesting the postgraduate s confrontation of the world of Plato and Parmenides: Parmenides' Way of Truth and Plato's Parmenides labour of which they are about to be integrated as one of future horror endless and trivial Particular attention is given to accelerationism s machinic impulses Noys suggests the ongoing theme of the integration of man and machine note the gender is symptomatic of the desires to produce the Real We are told ourives are too fast subject to the accelerating demand that we innovate work enjoy produce and consume That’s one familiar story Another stranger story is told here of those who think we haven’t gone fast enough Instead of rejecting the increasing tempo of capitalist production they argue that we should embrace and ac. Al context is as Il metodo dell'ovulazione. Atlante likely toead to anti immigrant and anti welfare sentiments Those struggling to survive as precarious workers are as With Krishna's Eyes likely to turn on others as they are to start new forms of support and struggle that recognize the impossibility of work This is I think one of the crucial conundrums of the present moment Accelerationism tries to resolve it in machinic integration and extinction which bypasses the problem of consciousness awareness and struggle in aogic of immersion We are torn by the moving contradiction of capital into two broken halves that can t be put back togetherA working solution to be deliberately ironic is to struggle for decommodification of ourlives Campaigns against privatization and for the return of privatized services to publiccontrol try to reduce our dependence on work by attacking the way work is supposed toaccount for all of our self reproduction These struggles are in parallel for struggles to defendpublic services protect benefits and sustain social and collective forms of support Whilethey may be unglamorous especially compared to space travel these struggles can negate theconditions of the impossibility of work by trying to detach work from its ideological andmaterial role as the validation of citizenship and existence Wilfully obscure sloppily thought out tract on how you probably shouldn t meld with your fridge Touches on Investir dans l'or : le petit manuel pratique liuid modernity and its relationship to speed and disruption and itsinks to mental disorders Yoga in the Workplace like schizophrenia the ultimate ghost in the machine disorder that is at the heart of modernity Relates all of these toate stage capitalism This book is a 100 page outline or a sketch It is L'ORTHOGRAPHE FACILE - ORTHOGRAPHE D'USAGE, REGLES GRAMMATICALES, HOMONYMES, DICTIONNAIRE ORTHOGRAPHIQUE like a hunch I think this hunch is on the right track but I so much want aonger and rigorous treatment So far it is nice but merely a confirmatory hunch i don t think
*it is entirely *is entirely to say that Noys critiue only comes together in the final chapter The part on Bataille and anal economy is indigestibly hard going as I clearly didn t have the pre reuisite background knowledge though honestly I don t see how it ties into the rest of the book You will emerge from the other side having a better understanding of the intellectual predecessors of contemporary accelerationism Italian fascismo futurism but not with a clear grasp of why it is not a project worth being invested in Actually even the term contemporary accelerationism is a misnomer since accelerationism by no
Means A Monolithic Movement Noys Does Mention In Passinga monolithic movement Noys does mention in passing Nick William s Inventing the Future but he does not properly distinguish it from Nick Land type hyperstitional Shoggoth accelerationism which I believe is the intended target of his critiue of going all the way of the celebration of the merging of Dictionnaire Le Robert de poche 2020 livingabor with dead The Mark of Cain labor i might have to revisit this text again I suspect most academic books maybe books in general are just aist of excuses for personal prejudices You believe what you want and then wave your hands until you have some mildly convincing reasons why you believe what you want to believe That s particularly easy in continental philosophy Some academic books forcefully and shamelessly delve into polemics and the reader is along for the ride Other academic books are clear and precise enough that you forget you re reading some asshole with a PhD s preferences Other boo. S; the unconscious fantasies of our integration with machines; the apocalyptic accelerationism of the post 2008 moment of crisis; and the terminal moment of negative accelerationism suggests the pleasures and pains of speed signal the need to disengage negate and develop a new politics that truly challenges the supposed pleasures of spe. .