[NetBehaviour] Accelerationism

Michael Szpakowski szpako at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 24 12:35:51 CEST 2016

Hi Ruth 
I couldn't agree more. Of course there are areas which for all sorts of reasons M &E didn't have anything to say about, and there were things about which they were plain wrong. I'm not interested in a cult or religion.My point is about baby and bathwater or, more, about not doing work that has already been well done.I would say in passing that M & E were not indifferent or ignorant to the kind of questions you raise. Here's an interesting review of a book on the topic - http://monthlyreview.org/2015/12/01/marxism-and-ecology/and here's a short article from the international Socialism Journal by the book's author:http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj96/foster.htm
warmest wishesmichael

      From: ruth catlow <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org>
 To: netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org 
 Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2016 11:15 AM
 Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Accelerationism
 Yes Michael, and this is profoundly poetic.
 All human traditions, values and communities are dissolved in an acid bath of everlasting agitation and uncertainty.
 What this passage does not describe though is a situation where the wider ecologies of non-human planetary life, upon which we depend, are also fatally eroded.
 We need to sense and engage not just the real relations with "our kind" (expanded to engage people and perspectives of all kinds (YES Gretta!)), but beyond, with other species, and materials. 
 This must include a correction to systems of dominance - to which Simon points with his example of improper use of neuro-science to validate the 'use' of humans.
 On 23/04/16 16:38, Michael Szpakowski 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... Sent from my iPhone 
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