[NetBehaviour] Accelerate Marx [Was: Re: Accelerationism]

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Sun Apr 24 02:58:36 CEST 2016


There's also the discussion of machines in the Grundrisse, which the "Accelerationist Reader" book starts with as "Fragment on Machines" (from "once adopted into the production process of capital, the means of labour passes through different metamorphoses, whose culmination is the machine" here:

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1857/grundrisse/ch13.htm )

This is probably where Left Accelerationism originates as an attitude towards and seeking to work through or escape the process Marx & Engels describe below.

What's particularly interesting in relation to "Inventing The Future" is its discussion of automation and free time. And it touches on the quality of the alien in a way that might, in a funhouse mirror way, be recognizable in *some* other post-70s Accelerationism.



On April 23, 2016 8:38:21 AM PDT, Michael Szpakowski <szpako at yahoo.com> wrote:
>Marx & Engels on accelerationism in 1848:
>"The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the
>instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and
>with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes
>of production in unaltered form, was, on the contrary, the first
>condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant
>revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social
>conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the
>bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen
>relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and
>opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before
>they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is
>profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his
>real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind."
>This does the *descriptive* job as well as anything written since and
>it still stands perfectly well...
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