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Introduction

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Avanessian, A. and Mackay, R. (2014). Introduction. In Avanessian, A. and Mackay, R. (eds) #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader. Urbanomic, pp. 1-50

(noun) the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions / (noun) something existing in its original pristine state (philosophy)

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a politics that must hope for the worst and can think the future only as apocalypse and tabula rasa

—p.4 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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a politics that must hope for the worst and can think the future only as apocalypse and tabula rasa

—p.4 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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philosophical and metaphysical theories of divine presence in which the divine encompasses or is manifested in the material world

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embodied in writings that sought an immanence with this process of alienation

—p.4 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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embodied in writings that sought an immanence with this process of alienation

—p.4 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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something that is absolutely needed

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even the keenest liberals are hard-pressed to argue that capitalism remains the vehicle and sine qua non of modernity and progress

—p.5 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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even the keenest liberals are hard-pressed to argue that capitalism remains the vehicle and sine qua non of modernity and progress

—p.5 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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a slogan refering to globalization popularised by Margaret Thatcher; means that the market economy is the only system that works, and that debate about this is over

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Hegemonic neoliberalism claims there is no alternative

—p.5 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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Hegemonic neoliberalism claims there is no alternative

—p.5 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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(noun) common sense; practical intelligence; mind or intellect

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leaves concrete technological nous and economic arguments to its adversary

—p.6 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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leaves concrete technological nous and economic arguments to its adversary

—p.6 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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(adjective) of or relating to dreams; dreamy

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paled by comparison with the oneiric escapades of '68

—p.11 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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paled by comparison with the oneiric escapades of '68

—p.11 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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(noun) defensive wall

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dissolving all bulwarks that would preserve the past

—p.17 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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dissolving all bulwarks that would preserve the past

—p.17 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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(adjective) of, resembling, or characteristic of a churl; vulgar / (adjective) marked by a lack of civility or graciousness; surly / (adjective) difficult to work with or deal with; intractable

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It would indeed be churlish to deny the enduring rhetorical power of these texts

—p.18 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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It would indeed be churlish to deny the enduring rhetorical power of these texts

—p.18 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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(adjective) depending on an uncertain event or contingency as to both profit and loss / (adjective) relating to luck and especially to bad luck

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the inauguration of an aleatory drift

—p.20 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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the inauguration of an aleatory drift

—p.20 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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(Greek mythology) the personification of death

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thanatizing Lyotard's jouissance

—p.21 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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thanatizing Lyotard's jouissance

—p.21 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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workerism: a political theory that emphasizes the importance of, or glorifies, the working class

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Both in theory and in political practice the 'operaismo' (workerism) of the 1960s and 70s

—p.27 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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Both in theory and in political practice the 'operaismo' (workerism) of the 1960s and 70s

—p.27 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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To reduce the value of software to its capacity for monetization, as Terranova suggests, leaves unspoken the enthusiasm and creativity in evidence in open source movements. Perhaps the latter are better thought of as a collective practice of supererogation seizing on the wealth of opportunities already produced by capitalism as a historical product, in the form of hardware and software platforms, and which breaks the loop whereby this wealth is reabsorbed into the cycles of exchange value. This invocation of the open-source movement is a powerful reminder that there are indeed other motivating value systems that may provide the 'libidinizing impulse' that Fisher calls for in the search for alternative constructions; it also recalls Firestone's call for a cultural revolution in which the distinction between aesthetic imagination and technical construction is effaced.

—p.28 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay 1 year, 11 months ago

To reduce the value of software to its capacity for monetization, as Terranova suggests, leaves unspoken the enthusiasm and creativity in evidence in open source movements. Perhaps the latter are better thought of as a collective practice of supererogation seizing on the wealth of opportunities already produced by capitalism as a historical product, in the form of hardware and software platforms, and which breaks the loop whereby this wealth is reabsorbed into the cycles of exchange value. This invocation of the open-source movement is a powerful reminder that there are indeed other motivating value systems that may provide the 'libidinizing impulse' that Fisher calls for in the search for alternative constructions; it also recalls Firestone's call for a cultural revolution in which the distinction between aesthetic imagination and technical construction is effaced.

—p.28 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay 1 year, 11 months ago

(Greek mythology) the personification of death

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rethinks the inhuman futural feedback process through which it conducts human history not as a thanatropic compulsion but as social participation in the progressive and self-cultivating anastrophism of in/humanity

—p.31 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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rethinks the inhuman futural feedback process through which it conducts human history not as a thanatropic compulsion but as social participation in the progressive and self-cultivating anastrophism of in/humanity

—p.31 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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(mathematics) An isotropic scaling transformation of an affine space with a single fixed point

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generating paths to an outside that does not conform to the infinite homothetism of 'more of the same'

not entirely sure

—p.33 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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generating paths to an outside that does not conform to the infinite homothetism of 'more of the same'

not entirely sure

—p.33 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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(adjective) requiring immediate aid or action / (adjective) requiring or calling for much; demanding

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Machine production follows directly from, maximally effects, and enters into synergy with capital's exigency to reduce the need for human labour and to continually increase levels of production.

—p.38 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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Machine production follows directly from, maximally effects, and enters into synergy with capital's exigency to reduce the need for human labour and to continually increase levels of production.

—p.38 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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spread or branch out

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Man no longer has a direct connection to production, but one that is mediated by a ramified, accumulated objective social apparatus

—p.39 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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Man no longer has a direct connection to production, but one that is mediated by a ramified, accumulated objective social apparatus

—p.39 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay
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However, as Marx observes (and as Deleuze and Guattari emphasise), capitalism continues to operate as if its necessary assumption were still the 'miserable' basis of 'the theft of labour time', even as the 'new foundation' of machine production provides 'the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high'. The extortion of human labour still lies at the basis of capitalist production despite the 'machinic surplus value' (Deleuze and Guattari) of fixed capital, since the social axiomatic of capital is disinterested in innovation for itself and is under the necessity to extract surplus value as conveniently as possible, and to maintain a reserve army of labour and free-floating capital. The central questions of accelerationism follow: What is the relation between the socially alienating effects of technology and the capitalist value-system? Why and how are the emancipatory effects of the 'new foundation' of machine production counteracted by the economic system of capital? What could the social human be if fixed capital were reappropriated within a new postcapitalist socius?

—p.41 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay 1 year, 11 months ago

However, as Marx observes (and as Deleuze and Guattari emphasise), capitalism continues to operate as if its necessary assumption were still the 'miserable' basis of 'the theft of labour time', even as the 'new foundation' of machine production provides 'the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high'. The extortion of human labour still lies at the basis of capitalist production despite the 'machinic surplus value' (Deleuze and Guattari) of fixed capital, since the social axiomatic of capital is disinterested in innovation for itself and is under the necessity to extract surplus value as conveniently as possible, and to maintain a reserve army of labour and free-floating capital. The central questions of accelerationism follow: What is the relation between the socially alienating effects of technology and the capitalist value-system? Why and how are the emancipatory effects of the 'new foundation' of machine production counteracted by the economic system of capital? What could the social human be if fixed capital were reappropriated within a new postcapitalist socius?

—p.41 by Armen Avanessian, Robin Mackay 1 year, 11 months ago