allergic to complicity

Andrew Culp thinks D&G would be anti-accelerationists (especially of of capitalism), and against assisting the opposition in any way. Perverts take notice.
Deleuze and Guattari are less used than abused in the early accelerationism proposed in Nick Land’s “Machinic Desire” which fundamentally relies on the opposition between humans and machines—a distinction that is nonsensical within Deleuze and Guattari’s post-naturalist framework (something demonstrated quite cogently in Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto”). There is also an odd “boomerang dialectic” interpretation of accelerationism that borrows the affective tonalities of Land’s misanthropy. According to the boomeranger, things have to get worse to get better. Similar to the physics of a pendulum, energy is introduced in one direction to break stasis, with the eventuality of it swinging back in the opposite direction. While Deleuze and Guattari do use a certain energetics, even at their most destructive, their critique of dialectics makes them fundamentally allergic to any strategy based on assisting the opposition. This is why the accelerationist citation of Anti-Oedipus is so perverse.
The devotion to deterritorialization (albeit never actualized in day-to-day behavior) evinces a complicity with the ravenous processes of capitalist wealth accumulation and pubic consumption that are killing the biosphere. Period. Capital is no god – it’s the trick played on us by psychopaths at the helm of toxic institutions. To be an accelerationist today is to be either a sadist or a coward.
“The revolutionary contingent attains its ideal form not in the place of production, but in the street, where for a moment it stops being a cog in the technical machine and itself becomes a motor (machine of attack)…” – Paul Virilio, Speed and Politic

5 responses to “allergic to complicity

  1. “Capital is no god – it’s the trick played on us by psychopaths at the helm of toxic institutions. ” Excellent rabble rousing quote! If only my clients who live this exeperientialy would come to understand it. The contra positive or whatever that wants to emege is that neoliberalism says, Warklike, “Capital wants to be free” It is no god but does have an anaimal spirit which effects its own agency wherever it lands. The cursed penny one finds on the street lead s to investment and war in Somalia. D+G, not he fashion label, were jouissance in the moment people and would have been repulsed by Nick’s (Hey wasn’t it just yesterdy we heard him at New Centre, fuck,) accelerationism unless it meant a dinner party such as Bunuel’s Discrete Charm except that everyone is massacred at the end. The point about Haraway getting it right about the inherent contradiction in NL is both misleading and bittersweet and maybe should be read against Bryant’s Onto-Cartograhy: An Ontology of Machines and Media. Each defines the other and there is a metal machine messiness (M3, trademark that!) which forms cyborgs.

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