No Speed Limit
Three Essays on Accelerationism
Proposes a vision of survival and flourishing in the face of economic and environmental catastrophe
To get beyond capitalism, we need to push its technologies to the point where they explode. Steven Shaviro argues that accelerationism—the bastard offspring of a furtive liaison between Marxism and science fiction—works as a powerful artistic program.
Accelerationism is the bastard offspring of a furtive liaison between Marxism and science fiction. Its basic premise is that the only way out is the way through: to get beyond capitalism, we need to push its technologies to the point where they explode. This may be dubious as a political strategy, but it works as a powerful artistic program.
Other authors have debated the pros and cons of accelerationist politics; No Speed Limit makes the case for an accelerationist aesthetics. Our present moment is illuminated, both for good and for ill, in the cracked mirror of science-fictional futurity.
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