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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woman with the ancient war vessel and the coupling of Marinetti the fascist with his racecar , “ ideal shaft crossing over the earth , ” whose wheel he controls , emerge from this technological evolutionism whose realization is more ...
A society without technological vehicles , in which the woman plays the role of the logistical spouse , mother of war and of the truck . 2. The indiscriminate boarding of soulless bodies as metabolic vehicles . 3.
Stated plainly , this is the perpetual sophistication of combat means and the replacement of the geostrategic breakthrough by the technological breakthrough , the great logistical maneuvers . We must face the facts : if ancient weapons ...
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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