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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Virilio's recent work focuses on what he calls the “ integral accident which may
someday becomes our habitat , ” a kind of global ( terminal ? ) accident in which
the comprehensiveness of dromological administration promises as well an ...
( But already , as Colonel Lazard noted , it was no longer a question of a
specifically military art , but rather a kind of reign of descriptive geometry
projected onto the sites , over the totality of nature ... ) 12 The military class is not
born of the ...
He conceived of “ armored cars going over all kinds of terrain , ” and , from
November 25 , 1915 , he promoted the large scale manufacture of this new kind
of war machine . By January 31 , 1916 , they built 400 assault tanks , and as soon
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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