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Power of Repetition

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Lipovetsky, G. (2014). Power of Repetition. In Avanessian, A. and Mackay, R. (eds) #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader. Urbanomic, pp. 223-234

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For the conflicts that wrack capitalism have time as their essential stake, the workers, the minorities struggling for ends of amelioration, faster changes than the powers want: here is the root of the 'contradictions', a struggle for time. A ten percent raise in salary, now, not in six months; free abortion, retirement at sixty, right now, not in five years' time; but also on the international scale: in one go the price of raw materials is doubled. [...]

—p.230 by Gilles Lipovetsky 4 years ago

For the conflicts that wrack capitalism have time as their essential stake, the workers, the minorities struggling for ends of amelioration, faster changes than the powers want: here is the root of the 'contradictions', a struggle for time. A ten percent raise in salary, now, not in six months; free abortion, retirement at sixty, right now, not in five years' time; but also on the international scale: in one go the price of raw materials is doubled. [...]

—p.230 by Gilles Lipovetsky 4 years ago
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Consequently, 'revolutionary' actions are not those which aim to overthrow the system of Capital, which. as opposed to Marxist analyses, has never ceased to be revolutionary, but those which complete its rhythm in all its radicality-that is to say, actions which accelerate the metamorphic processes of bodies. [...]

We know very well that as soon as they are destroyed, a new apparatus of power, with a new terror, will replace the old one; but on this occasion unbearable reactions are deactivated, other unprecedented, sometimes delicious ones become possible, pending the unforeseeable moment when they too join the sorrow of the old ones. So that all there is for us to do, to hope for, is to cut short the reign of powers and their repression, and to do so endlessly, since the combat against powers has no end. It's not much, yet it's enormous. Such is the meaning of permanent revolution, which we now identify with the multiple movements of acceleration in their desire for a saving of time.

—p.233 by Gilles Lipovetsky 4 years ago

Consequently, 'revolutionary' actions are not those which aim to overthrow the system of Capital, which. as opposed to Marxist analyses, has never ceased to be revolutionary, but those which complete its rhythm in all its radicality-that is to say, actions which accelerate the metamorphic processes of bodies. [...]

We know very well that as soon as they are destroyed, a new apparatus of power, with a new terror, will replace the old one; but on this occasion unbearable reactions are deactivated, other unprecedented, sometimes delicious ones become possible, pending the unforeseeable moment when they too join the sorrow of the old ones. So that all there is for us to do, to hope for, is to cut short the reign of powers and their repression, and to do so endlessly, since the combat against powers has no end. It's not much, yet it's enormous. Such is the meaning of permanent revolution, which we now identify with the multiple movements of acceleration in their desire for a saving of time.

—p.233 by Gilles Lipovetsky 4 years ago