Speed and Politics

ISBN-10: 1584350407
ISBN-13: 9781584350408
Edition: 2nd
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Description: 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:  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
Publication date: 10/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 174
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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 Politicspresents 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.

Introduction: Logistics of Habitable Circulation
The Dromocratic Revolution
From Street Fight to State Right
From Highway Right to State Right
Dromological Progress
From Space Right to State Right
Practical War
Dromocrat1c Society
Unable Bodies
The Boarding of Metabolic Vehicles
The End of the Proletariat
The Consumption of Security
The State of Emergency
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