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 his holster , their richly nuanced theories of emergent antagonisms become
tactical technologies for a newly sophisticated apparatus of state violence and
rhizomatic repression . But aren ' t such inversions — both simulations and ...
If Napoleon judged an army ' s strength in mechanical terms , Maurice de Saxe ,
one of the first on the European continent , understood that violence can be
reduced to nothing but movement . “ I am not in favor of battle , ” he states .
We cannot exclude from war the problem of wills , despite the fact that Clausewitz
immediately mutilates and bastardizes his definition by hastening to add that
there can be no moral violence outside of the concepts of State and law .
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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