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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In fact , what is revealed by this change in the nature of wealth is only a change in the speed of world economy , the passage from the movable unit to the hourly unit : the war of Time . With the fleet in being , England concentrates ...
Dromocratic intelligence is not exercised against a more or less determined military adversary , but as a permanent assault on the world , and through it , on human nature . The disappearance of flora and fauna and the abrogation of ...
In such a statement , the nature of the military class's ambition is perfectly revealed and the atomic situation ... Surely it is both natural and inescapable that this phenomenon should cause us to turn again to the pure concept of war ...
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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