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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Virilio writes , “ The State's political power ... is the polis , the police , in other words , highway surveillance ” ( 39 ) . Indeed many core innovations ...
He writes that “ the precious lesson of the camp and the gulags has not been heeded , because it was erroneously presented not only as an ideological ...
Here you would not even notice the shortages imposed by the war , ” writes an official emissary in 1916. Governments bargain over and hastily exchange their ...
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THE DROMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
From Highway Right to State Right
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