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

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Sun Apr 24 20:06:58 CEST 2016

In terms of the economic analysis very little.

In terms of the wider "left" regarding that economic analysis as relevant or basing any real political ambition on it, an awful lot. That's what contemporary left accelerationism is a critique of.

The project outlined in "Inventing The Future" isn't an "if I want it, it is so" one, it's a serious long-term effort to put socialist ambition back on the table in politics. Changing the world *is* hard work, and this is a suggestion for some strategies to actually do so.

On April 24, 2016 3:03:48 AM PDT, Michael Szpakowski <szpako at yahoo.com> wrote:
>Hi Rob, everyone, yes - I chose that particular passage because it is
>so clear. It raises the question "What's new?". The historically
>progressive role of the bourgeoisie in terms of constantly
>revolutionising production is an absolute given in Marx.
>Equally given and ubiquitous is his back of the hand, swatting a
>mosquito, demolition of the "if I want it, it's so" utopians - Fourier
>and his conversion of the oceans into lemonade being a particularly
>brilliant example,  but it applies equally to Owen, Proudhon, Kropotkin
>and others... The accelerationists strike me as a version of the
>utopians but nearly 180 years too late ( and there is such a strong
>temptation to quote Marx on"the first time as tragedy, the second time
>as farce" that I'm going to yield) What characterises them is a
>profound *mistrust* of ordinary people  -the Owens, the Fouriers &c
>were great system builders -*they* and only *they* would bring
>enlightenment with their precisely ordered and often deeply odd
>systems. The key thing being the they were the great enlightened
>ones.Don't get me wrong -I'm all for dreaming and artists in particular
>do that well, they are often the storm petrels, the windsocks, of
>impending social change. But when hen we mistake our dreams and our
>systems as a substitute for the hard business of actually changing the
>world , when we fall in love with our own cleverness, the problems
>start. Cambodia stands as the most terrible practical warning here.
>      From: Rob Myers <rob at robmyers.org>
>To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
><netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>; Michael Szpakowski <szpako at yahoo.com> 
> Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2016 1:58 AM
> Subject: Accelerate Marx [Was: Re: [NetBehaviour] Accelerationism]
>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>
>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 compelledto 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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