Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism by Benjamin NoysWe are told our lives are too fast, subject to the accelerating demand that we innovate more, work more, enjoy more, produce more, and consume more. 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 accelerate it. Rejecting this conclusion, /Malign Velocities/ tracks this accelerationism as the symptom of the misery and pain of labour 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 ’00s; 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 speed.
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Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism
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He researches in contemporary European philosophy, psychoanalysis, and contemporary culture. His most recent work includes the books The Persistence of the Negative and Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism Noys is a leading critic of the contemporary political and artistic strategy of accelerationism and has lectured and published widely on matters of speed, accelerationism, and contemporary capitalism. Accelerationism is a strategy that attempts to punch through the limits of capitalism by accelerating forces of abstraction and technology embedded within contemporary capitalism. The city has been central to accelerationism as the site that embodies acceleration and the possibilities of alternative futures.
Jump to navigation. Accelerationism — although now largely a right-wing movement — has some origins in leftist thought about capitalism. The idea that the processes of capitalism and its productive forces would themselves drive it to its next stage — or whatever lies beyond — led some to conclude the best thing to do is push capitalism as hard as it can to go as fast as it can. This, in a nutshell, describes accelerationism. Whether it is the forcing of labour processes to be more efficient, the combination of humanity and machines, or the destruction of borders and identities — it is all viewed as ways to create the higher velocity society of the future. For example, Peter Thiel is the billionaire founder of internet payment platform Paypal. Elizabeth Holmes founded the Theranos corporation, which promised to do blood tests without taking blood.
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