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 the fortified town is an immobile machine , the military engineers specific task is
to fight against its inertia . “ The goal of fortification is not to stop armies , to
contain them , but to dominate , even to facilitate their movements . ” Around 1870
... perfect illustration of Errard de Bar - le - Duc ' s dictum : “ The attack changed
with the invention of machines to destroy . ... that jumps literally from the great
immobile machine ” into the “ mobile machine , " making the oceans a “ vast
As Captain de Poix notes , “ So many times had I seen our infantry leave for battle
, magnificent in their enthusiasm , only to be suddenly cut down by an
unsuspected machine gun ; in the space of several minutes the battlefield was
littered with ...
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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