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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Already , the German nation is no longer exactly where its famous boots — the symbol of its army - fall , but rather under the tracks of its tanks , in the motor force of its " steel front . ” As Ratzel wrote at the end of the ...
The no man's land has become a suburb , a neutralizing space in which the promise of movement is no longer accomplished , and the loss of movement for the national fortress is first the loss of good health , then death .
From this point on , we can no longer speak of a “ class society ” without questioning the poliorcetic schema of medieval society . This return to the old dike , this selective Reason , replaces civil rights with political rights ...
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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