In the last decade, a number of thinkers and activists have chosen to call themselves "accelerationists". We in MODERN TIMES found this form of liberal left interesting enough to dedicate a separate section here in the newspaper (pages 27–34). The reason is that two new books will be published by Existenz publishing house in Oslo this March. The book Acceleration, edited by Armen Avanessian (see also interview about his second book, Metaphysics for our time), suggests that «first and foremost, accelerationism turns against various unsightly habits of a well-being-oriented and complacent left-wing side». The contributors believe that the left is falling into both nostalgia and a fetishization of democratic processes.
Acceleration shows as an anthology several views on accelerationism. Both the affirmative where an open future and freedom follow through capitalism and technological development (somewhat similar to Marx's visions) – and negatively critical, where accelerated desire ends in chaos and destruction.
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