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 , without the violence of speed , that of weapons would not be so fearsome
. In the current context , to disarm would thus mean first and foremost to
decelerate , to defuse the race toward the end . Any treaty that does not limit the
speed of ...
The essential aim of throwing ancient weapons or of shooting off new ones has
never been to kill the enemy or destroy his means , but to deter him , in other
words , to force him to interrupt his movement . Regardless of whether this
As Sun Tzu said , “ Weapons are tools of ill omen . ” They are first feared and
fearsome as threats , long before being used . Their “ ominous ” character can be
split into three components : The threat of their performance at the moment of
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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