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Accelerationist Politics: 01. Introduction

here's the manifesto. these are my notes and impressions.

Introduction outlines six points on the state of play: para­lysis of [left] polit­ical ima­gin­ary, the future has been cancelled

Commentary

recently checking notes on old pc, came across Jameson quote ("the supreme literary expression, if not of postmodernism then of late capitalism itself"), found full quote here: In Defense of Fredric Jameson's Prose (really). contrast Jameson (It is safest to grasp the… contents are just more images) with above. as a non-academic reader, the most interesting phrase: "rigorously work out the mediating factors" [Mediation (Marxist theory and media studies)].

Cornelius Castoriadis, The Greek and the Modern Political Imaginary :: Why "imaginary"? …human history… is in its essence defined by imaginary creation… the positing of new forms… Each society creates its own forms. These forms in turn bring into being a world in which this society inscribes itself and gives itself a place. It is by means of them that society constitutes a system of norms, institutions in the broadest sense of the term, values, orientations, and goals of collective life, as well as of individual life. At their core are to be found in each instance social imaginary significations, which also are created by each society and which are embodied in its institutions.

neo-primitivist loc­al­ism — search "primitivist": [Localism and some thoughts on Social Change]

Canute against an ulti­mately irres­ist­ible tideCnut the Great [can't help thinking this is a pun]

sec­u­lar crisis of cap­it­al­ism —sounds technical; stands out (for me) in the manifesto. quick google proved interesting.

Bob Jessop, The Politics of Flexibility: Restructuring State and Industry in Britain, Germany, and Scandinavia (1991)

  • {29} Other regulationists are less hesitant to give names to the future. Hirsch is one of them. He has developed an elaborate vision of the post-Fordist future (Hirsch and Roth, 1986; Hirsch, 1985a; Hirsch, in this volume). His outline of 'the new face of capitalism' is based partly on his conception of the causes for the crisis of Fordism and partly on an extrapolation of already visible changes.

  • {70} The crisis which broke out in the 1970s also signified the end of the Keynesian-corporative welfare state and the emergence of a 'secular' crisis of capitalism with economic, political and ideological dimensions (Hirsch and Roth, 1986, p. 78).

  • {347} Hirsch, J. and Roth, R. (1986) Das Neue Gesicht des Kapitalismus: Vom Fordismus zum Post-Fordismus (The New Face of Capitalism: From Fordism to Post-Fordism). Hamburg: VSA-Verlag.

Joachim Hirsch, Regulation Theory and its Applicability to Studies on Globalization and Social Change (1995)

The crisis of the old world order also provoked a disorder within the traditional frameworks of economic, social and political theory. The theory of international relations has, for example, some problems to deal with the new situation of "after hegemony". Keynesianism lost its position in the field of economic theory and was replaced by neoclassic and monetarist theories. These show, in turn, remarkable problems in explaining what is going on. [me: no kidding]  It is obvious at least, that the market does not solve all problems of society. Classical theories of imperialism, development or underdevelopment seem no longer valid and are in many aspects empirically refuted… We have to ask, whether there are any new theoretical frameworks which are able to meet the shortcomings of all this traditional approaches. The question is whether Regulation Theory can contribute with a solution… Regulation theory has done a fairly good job in explaining the crisis of Fordism which marks the starting point of this whole development. It should, however, be kept in mind that this process is not the result of any economic logic or historical trajectory. It is a decisive political strategy by the internationalized sectors of capital in cooperation with neo-liberal governments. Its aim is a world-wide and systemic rationalization process, based on internationalization, deregulation and flexibilization, which is expected to re-establish the profitability of capital after the crisis of Fordism.

part of the 24th point of the manifesto is at the beginning:

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24. The future needs to be con­struc­ted. It has been demol­ished by neo­lib­eral cap­it­al­ism and reduced to a cut-price prom­ise of greater inequal­ity, con­flict, and chaos. This col­lapse in the idea of the future is symp­to­matic of the regress­ive his­tor­ical status of our age, rather than, as cyn­ics across the polit­ical spec­trum would have us believe, a sign of scep­tical matur­ity. What accel­er­a­tion­ism pushes towards is a future that is more mod­ern — an altern­at­ive mod­ern­ity that neo­lib­er­al­ism is inher­ently unable to gen­er­ate. The future must be cracked open once again, unfasten­ing our hori­zons towards the uni­ver­sal pos­sib­il­it­ies of the Outside.

It's a very interesting phenomenon, the lie detector test. What it does is to measure certain physiological responses to a psychological situation. What it reveals is that the physiology of the individual is a separate entity from the ego. So it's as though a second personality is standing behind me when I'm taking a lie detector test, and you ask me a question that I don't want to acknowledge, and I'll say 'no' and the man standing behind me will say: 'Oh yes, that's what the physiological response does'. So it tells us just in irrefutable terms that there is a second entity, second psychic centre, in the human psyche and it's interested in truth. —Merrill Berger and Stephen Segaller, Wisdom of the Dream: The World of C. G. Jung (AQ-379, AQ-10955)

i'm aware of academic responses to this manifesto which may... evaluate how it rigorously works out the mediating factors. but i'm not looking at them right now. however, after looking at Hirsch i'm questioning this statement: Thirty years of neo­lib­er­al­ism have rendered most left-​leaning polit­ical parties bereft of rad­ical thought, hol­lowed out, and without a pop­u­lar man­date. At best they have respon­ded to our present crises with calls for a return to a Keyne­sian eco­nom­ics, in spite of the evid­ence that the very con­di­tions which enabled post-​war social demo­cracy to occur no longer exist.

Keynes comes up in #2 of the manifesto, so i'll look at that again. i see the At best but then there's in spite of and wonder if anyone else has problems with this statement. [maybe i should link to Kthug here, lol — might be a good idea]

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At best [most left-leaning polit­ical parties] have respon­ded to our present crises with calls for a return to a Keyne­sian eco­nom­ics, in spite of the evid­ence that the very con­di­tions which enabled post-war social demo­cracy to occur no longer exist. We can­not return to mass industrial-Fordist labour by fiat, if at all.

To cut this postshort, i.e. to skip some logical step for the sake of brevity, one might say that there is really no freedom in the world without the distinction betwen possible and actual. The lack of the distinction between what is (actual) and what could be (possible)  is making it impossible for us to decide what should be —The Nightmare of Things-In-Themselves

וארא כעין חשמל כמראה אש בית לה סביב ממראה מתניו ולמעלה וממראה מתניו ולמטה ראיתי כמראה אש ונגה לו סביב (Ezekiel 1:27)

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Accelerationism pushes towards a future that is more modern, an alternative modernity that neoliberalism is inherently unable to generate.

Marx draws our attention to social violence embedded in a system that treats human beings as things/object and enthrones money as king/subject —Karl Marx and Nonviolence (AQ-4607)

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Dennoch wäre es irrig, säkulare Krisen des Kapitalismus einer Häufung von Zufällen zuzuschreiben, was die mehr oder weniger offen eklektizistische Logik vieler aktueller Krisentheorien ausmacht (vgl. z. B. Piore und Sabel 1985). —Joachim Hirsch/Roland Roth, Das Neue Gesicht des Kapitalismus: Vom Fordismus zum Post-Fordismus

It is only in divine economy and narration that authorial prophecy works through a chain of command, a logistical plane on which the line of command (the divine interventions) is brought to the zone of action (field of creation). —Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials

The people are wont always to set some one in a conspicuous manner over themselves, to cherish him, and greatly to increase his power. Whenever a tyrant rises, it is from this root, and from nothing else, that he blossoms. —Plato, Letter XXXIII. Ancient Republics, And Opinions Of Philosophers

Gematria

AQ-10955 already posted & lie-detector quote here. Wisdom means a lot to me personally, so this match is frissonic. "Rosh Hashanah" (first of the year) phrase is Wikipedia etymology. possible meaning: the first thing we  must validate [Hebrews 11:19, logisamenos] as TRUE, because it pushes [Matthew 11:12; Romans 8:22, the-something-being-born) "the future" as the constructed, what-happens-next, like an egg [La capacitation, la réaction acrosomiale, la réaction corticale et l'amphimixie] and yes, must [during childbirth the pubic bones separate (and, dammit, don't make me google the technical term because: OMG-i'm-never-having-kids!) because if you want a special experience go to a Jimmy Buffet concert, we have a new birth plan, get the baby Out{side}].

checking: "What accel­er­a­tion­ism pushes towards is a future that is more mod­ern — an altern­at­ive mod­ern­ity that neo­lib­er­al­ism is inher­ently unable to gen­erate." (note: PDF does not include AQ-2457, but this phrase is included at the top of the HTML version. AQ-2591 is #24 in 03: MANIFEST: On the Future section).

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What accel­er­a­tion­ism pushes towards is a future that is more mod­ern — an altern­at­ive mod­ern­ity that neo­lib­er­al­ism is inher­ently unable to gen­er­ate.

…articulating an effect of negativity (being "attended by dirt and detritus, intrud[ing] destructively into matter, [and] abrasive to what is already achieved") —Creative Work

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In a sense Benjamin's over-identification with technical work disrupts the minimal distance of the creative ideology - it suggests a guide to disrupting the existent regime of visibilities. It does so, precisely, by articulating an effect of negativity (being "attended by dirt and detritus, intrud[ing] destructively into matter, [and] abrasive to what is already achieved"). This is what overturns the relentlessly positivities of creativity, whether encoded in the figure of the artist dilettante or the reconvened under the sign of measures and financial reward. This is truly the labour of the negative against the ideology of creativity.

He caught her arm and felt her body tense. He set his teeth, wishing, as he had a hundred times since Ramoth rose in her first mating flight, that Lessa had not been virgin too. He had not thought to control his dragon-incited emotions and Lessa's first sexual experience had been violent. It had surprised him to be first, considering that her adolescent years had been spent drudging for lascivious warders and soldier-types. Evidently no one had bothered to penetrate the curtain of rags and filth she had carefully maintained as a disguise. He had been a considerate and gentle bedmate ever since, but, unless Ramoth and Mnementh were involved, he might as well call it rape. —Anne McCaffrey, Dragonflight

The universe manifests in multiplicity, but unity is possible. More specifically, God, the Cosmos, and Man are distinct but may be reconciled and reunited. The covenant of David promised that his line would produce the Messiah, the Deushomo, and from a mystical perspective, this applies not merely to Jesus but to all those who may achieve God-union or become gods in this life. This is alluded to by, among other things, the triangle-circle-square motif, Deus-Homo-Rota, the square-circle associated with Christus, the circle-triangle associated with Ens, the triangle associated with the Trinity, triangle-"per"-square, exi ut introeas, Luke 11:52, and so on. —The Absolute Key to Occult Science

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He caught her arm and felt her body tense. He set his teeth, wishing, as he had a hundred times since Ramoth rose in her first mating flight, that Lessa had not been virgin too. He had not thought to control his dragon-incited emotions and Lessa's first sexual experience had been violent. It had surprised him to be first, considering that her adolescent years had been spent drudging for lascivious warders and soldier-types. Evidently no one had bothered to penetrate the curtain of rags and filth she had carefully maintained as a disguise. He had been a considerate and gentle bedmate ever since, but, unless Ramoth and Mnementh were involved, he might as well call it rape. Yet he knew someday, somehow, he would coax her into responding wholeheartedly to his lovemaking. He had a certain pride in his skill, and he was in a position to persevere.

Music was "invented" by the legendary emperor, Huang Di (the "Yellow Emperor") in the 27th century BCE. Acting on Huang Di's orders, Ling Lun traveled west to Kunlun and found a special bamboo grove in the valley of Hsieh-chhi. "Cutting one between the nodes …, he blew it, and took its fundamental note (kung) to be that of the Huang-chung tube. Blowing again, he said 'This is good enough', and proceeded to make all the twelve pipes. Then at the foot of the Juan-yu (i.e., Kunlun) mountains, he listened to the singing of the male and female phoenix and divided the pitchpipes accordingly…, the male notes making six and the female also six. Indeed the Huang-chung fundamental (kung) is capable of generating the entire (series). …(Upon his return) Ling Lun … was ordered by Huang [Di] to cast twelve bells in order to harmonise the five notes so that splendid music might be made." —Needham, Vol. 4, Pt. I, pp. 178-179

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Yet he knew someday, somehow, he would coax her into responding wholeheartedly to his lovemaking. He had a certain pride in his skill, and he was in a position to persevere.

24. This for a time appointed. Seek not the end, I shall instruct thee in my way. But be true. Would it be hard if I were thy lover, and before thee? But I am thy lover and I am with thee. —Liber 49: The Book of Babalon

By implicitly or explicitly comparing light to a cloth, these poems show that illumination itself can be stripped away - that behind one layer of vision lies another. —Rachel Hadas, Form, Cycle, Infinity: Landscape Imagery in the Poetry of Robert Frost and George Seferis

Conjecture (conjectural emendation) is a critical reconstruction of the original reading of a clearly corrupt, contaminated, nonsensical or illegible textual fragment. —Conjecture (textual criticism), Wikipedia

…for I invoke thee by thy powerful name in (words?) which thou canst not refuse to hear… {AQ-2855}

Nonci dsonf Babage od chis ob hubaio tibibp allar atraah od ef drix fafen Mian ar E nay ovof soba do o a in aai i VONPH ZACAR gohus od ZAMRAM odo cicle Qaa Zorge, lap zirdo noco MAD Hoath Iaida. —12th Enochian Key

Stripping a writer of his problems - translating his text into something like a list of answers such as you can find in the back of the math textbook - trivializes him. —Reading Marx reading me


i'm done!


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…but to think that the Rocket State can be imagined in complete isolation from its actual fascist ancestry seems like a stretch.

First crank a hard cutback as you hit the wall. There's a screaming bottom curve, so watch out. Remember: rip it, roll it, and punch it.

The future must be cracked open once again, unfasten­ing our hori­zons towards the uni­ver­sal pos­sib­il­it­ies of the Outside.

:)