[NetBehaviour] Accelerationism

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Sun Apr 24 20:36:15 CEST 2016


Some of the epistemic accelerationists are interested in the work of the philosopher Robert Brandom, who talks about rational, revisable norms. There's been some criticism of that from the point of view of "Risk Society" (Suhail Malik in Collapse Journal VIII).

I'm uncomfortable about normativity. But I suspect that normativity is unavoidable, so if I had to have it I'd rather it be easily revisable.

On April 23, 2016 6:12:31 PM PDT, Simon Biggs <simon at littlepig.org.uk> wrote:
>This quote from Marx and Engels certainly describes current management
>practices. I have experience of management workshops where the socially
>and psychologically disruptive methods outlined in the quote below are
>promoted and explicitly employed. The aim is to keep workers on their
>toes - constantly off balance, not certain where next they will be
>required to jump. It’s quite nasty and all done in the name of economic
>efficiency. The workers are considered as a raw resource, that can be
>made redundant if they don’t do what is required of them, whether they
>are an administrator, researcher or Professor. It is pure McKinsey
>poison and they predicate it on pseudo-science - which makes it even
>worse because the theory is so flakey. The latest wheeze is to employ
>neuro-science to validate their practices.
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>Foucault would role in his grave - but I imagine he would also role in
>his grave if he read the Accelerationist Manifesto. I’ve not read it,
>but the quote Ruth gave from Gottlieb’s review makes it sound like the
>other side of the same coin as McKinsey. It is also promoting normative
>values, just with a different character. I’m pretty sure I’m not an
>Accelerationist (or that I consciously subscribe to any other ism).
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>best
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>Simon
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>Simon Biggs
>simon at littlepig.org.uk
>http://www.littlepig.org.uk
>http://amazon.com/author/simonbiggs
>http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/staff/homepage.asp?name=simon.biggs
>http://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/school-of-art/simon-biggs
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>> On 24 Apr 2016, at 01:08, Michael Szpakowski <szpako at yahoo.com>
>wrote:
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>> 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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