Speed and Politics
With this book Paul Virilio inaugurated the new science whose object of study is the "dromocratic" revolution.
Speed and Politics (first published in France in 1977) is the matrix of Virilio's entire work. Building on the works of Morand, Marinetti, and McLuhan, Virilio presents a vision more radically political than that of any of his French contemporaries: speed as the engine of destruction. Speed and Politics presents a topological account of the entire history of humanity, honing in on the technological advances made possible through the militarization of society. Paralleling Heidegger's account of technology, Virilio's vision sees speed--not class or wealth--as the primary force shaping civilization. In this "technical vitalism," multiple projectiles--inert fortresses and bunkers, the "metabolic bodies" of soldiers, transport vessels, and now information and computer technology--are launched in a permanent assault on the world and on human nature. Written at a lightning-fast pace, Virilio's landmark book is a split-second, overwhelming look at how humanity's motivity has shaped the way we function today, and what might come of it.
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If speed thus appears as the essential fall out of styles of conflicts and cataclysms , the current “ arms race ” is in fact only “ the arming of the race ...
Destructive capabilities having reached the very limits of possibility with thermonuclear arms , the enemy's “ logistical strategies ” are once more ...
In this war of recession between East and West - contemporary not with the illusory limitation of strategic arms , but with the limitation of strategy ...
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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