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Accelerationism is the name of a contemporary political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, critique, or détourne it, but to accelerate and exacerbate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies.The term was coined to designate a certain nihilistic alignment of theory with the excess andAccelerationism is the name of a contemporary political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, critique, or détourne it, but to accelerate and exacerbate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies.The term was coined to designate a certain nihilistic alignment of theory with the excess and abandon of capitalist culture, and the associated performative aesthetic of texts that seek to become immanent to the very process of alienation. Developing at the dawn of contemporary neoliberal consensus, the uneasy status of this impulse, between subversion and acquiescence, between theoretical purchase and aesthetic enjoyment, constitutes the core problematic of accelerationism.Since the 2013 publication of Williams's and Srnicek's #Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics, the term has been adopted to name a set of new theoretical enterprises that aim to conceptualise non-capitalist futures outside of traditional marxist critiques and regressive, decelerative or restorative solutions. #ACCELERATE presents a genealogy of accelerationism, tracking the impulse through 90s UK darkside cyberculture and the theory-fictions of Nick Land, Sadie Plant, Iain Grant, and anonymous units like CCRU and SWITCH, across the cultural underground of the 80s (rave, acid house, Terminator and Bladerunner) and back to its sources in delirious post-68 ferment, in texts whose searing nihilistic jouissance would later be disavowed by their authors and the marxist and academic establishment alike.On either side of this largely unexplored central sequence, the book includes texts by Marx that call attention to his own 'Prometheanism' and key works from recent years document the recent extraordinary emergence of new accelerationisms steeled against the onslaughts of neoliberal capitalist realism, and retooled for the twenty-first century.At the forefront of the energetic contemporary debate around this disputed, problematic term, #ACCELERATE activates a historical conversation about futurality, technology, politics, enjoyment and Kapital. This is a legacy shot through with contradictions, yet urgently galvanized today by the poverty of 'reasonable' contemporary political alternatives....

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#Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader Reviews

  • Taneli Viitahuhta
    2018-10-30 18:46

    Old texts on capitalist mode of production and modernisation (Marx, Veblen, Deleuze&Guattari, Lyotard, Ballard) refurbished for political effect and new, diverse material piled on top of that - and it's all to be thought of as a commentary on "#Accelerate, manifesto for an accelerationist politics" (2013) by Williams and Srnicek, reprinted in the book. For sure, this is a mixed bag. Classics aside, of the new texts written for this publication, Negri provides interesting insights on the original manifesto, but he seems way to gentle to really argument with it. Terranova's and Parisi's takes on algorithms and computational design are interesting but short and introductory in spirit. Singleton finds interesting material in 19th century Russian cosmist Nikolai Fedorov, but seems to be at loss for what to do with it. Brassier's prose is cristal clear, but the author seems a bit too distant for his subjekt to really grab me. Most dissapointing of all, Negarestani does little more than an intellectual sleight-of-hand in his magisterial essay on "The Labor of the Inhuman". Peel the paint and it seems to be a variant of the old "enlightenment for enlightenment's sake" argument, and really quite alarming in it's substance. Of the older, but not strictly classic texts, 90's cyber culture figure Nick Land and his ilk are historically interesting but read now Land's texts contain so much techno mumbo jumbo that they get too heavy to be digested. Mark Fisher's foaming in the mouth rants against "embourgeoisified state-subsidised grumbling that so often calls itself academic Marxism" might be well placed in the context of those days, but to be written in 2010s - I'm not sure if they hit the mark at all.My advice for the reader would be to take what you need and don't go for the big picture - there might be none. For somebody trying to map the phenomena #accelerationism and speculative realism (though the latter seems to be a bit of a taboo by now) I do recommend Robin Mackay's and Armen Avanessians "Introduction" - longest text in the book by far, by the way! Mackay and Avanessian do a good job in their attempt to build up a narrative and don't shy away of the difficult question concerning the core of it all.

  • Tara Brabazon
    2018-11-01 00:53

    Everything is right about this book. Even the format is radical. It's a bit smaller than the usual monograph - but thicker. There is a physical feeling that we are reading a trashy 1970s airport novel.But this book is the furthest point from a trashy 1970s airport novel you can imagine.It is a reader. That means, after a powerful introduction by the editors, that extracts from key theorists of acceleration are presented. These move from Marx to Reed. While these writers are disparate, this book has a strong sense of a really radical manifesto to get inside neoliberalism and blow it to hell. The final third of the book takes on the consequences to humans (and humanity) of the deterritorialization of capitalism. Technology is a trope, motif and object throughout the book. It is an ambivalent force: part of modernity but also dehumanizing.This is a great book to read in one hit, or to carry in bag and read a chapter a day on the train. It will leave you angry. And it will leave you wanting to get inside the system and do something.

  • cpn ta
    2018-11-19 19:31

    i like it, but it's also bad, so ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Wendy Liu
    2018-10-27 00:49

    This took me ages to finish (some of the texts are really dense in a way that isn't always justified, tbh) but I am so board with the Manifesto that I'm giving it 5 stars anyway. Read this! Or at least just read the Manifesto.

  • Friedrich von Uxküll
    2018-11-05 21:25

    Review forthcoming...

  • Alex
    2018-10-20 00:45

    While a couple of the pieces included in this reader felt deliberately impenetrable to a greater or lesser extent, there were a number of more interesting and accessible reads, particularly in the latter sections of more recent writing. The overall curation of the selections was rather thoughtful as well, and the chronological ordering of the sections successfully lent appropriate color towards the end, in my reading.

  • KanellosCORE
    2018-10-30 23:55

    #ACCELERATE# presents itself as a genealogy (in the Foucauldian-Nietzschean sense) of an "accelerationist" current that is only now beginning to consciously recognise itself as such, but what it actually is is a rather cynical attempt to fabricate a philosophical respectability for a rather weak and shaky set of ideas through selective misappropriation of texts. The excerpt from Anti-Oedipus, for example, is a best a rather tenuous support for what later appears as accelerationism proper, and is in any case, in its implied meaning here, rather at odds with arious ecologically minded statements elsewhere in AO and Mille Plateaux, and particularly with Guattari's later explicitly ecological work. Less a genealogy, than a self-serving bricolage then, albeit one with some interesting texts (as well as some turgid and boring ones).

  • John Dee
    2018-11-19 20:46

    A fantastic genealogy of accelerationist thought. Very well put together. A must read.

  • Alex Delogu
    2018-10-21 18:46

    A fascinating and wide-ranging selection of essays on accelerationism. A wonderful introduction to the subject, while not remaining introductory per se.