Unconditional Accelerationism as a Framework

I’ve dabbled a bit in the past with Left Accelerationist tendencies mainly through stressing the development of productive forces as a necessary part of Marxist praxis, although in many ways I see this as much a part of orthodox Marxism as of accelerationism. With Marx and with Marxists more broadly, I feel there’s always different viewpoints, different approaches and different focuses and with Accelerationism being at least partly based on Marx it was unsurprising that it would branch out in some many different directions. My principle interest in acceleration, however, isn’t so much within its emancipatory possibilities, but more as a...

Neo-Malthusian Theory and Question Time

Once again the ugly spectre of Malthusianism slithered its way into the mainstream on an episode of the BBC show, Question Time, which over the last few months has shown itself rapidly losing any illusion it might have had of speaking to, or representing, the needs of the public writ large and instead has rapidly been transitioning into a bizarrely hyperreal circus and a conduit for an ever more divisive and populist message. From the rumours of Fiona Bruce prepping the crowd with information to unfairly bias them against certain members of the panel, to the continued inclusion of political...

Capitalism In the 21st Century: Notes on ‘Magical Words: Capitalism’

While I’m not necessarily interested in turning this blog into a collection of responses to articles or videos they are often a useful source of inspiration and allow me to continue the broader project of outlining Marxist responses to 21st-century Capitalism.  The recent video by The Distributist (TD) shone an interesting light the question of capitalism and it’s treatment by Marxists. Whilst there’s one particular part of the video I’d like to focus on I did find other parts of the video interesting as well. For example, the description of progressives as people who are less willing to debate ideas...

Brief Announcement

The commercial arm of this project automate-everything is now online. I’ll be attempting to break down new business models and technologies there for anyone who’s interested in new ways of working. If you’re not interested in the aforementioned no need to worry whitelikeheaven.net will be continuing on as normal and I have post on The Distributist’s Magical Words series coming out soon alongside (I think) a post on anti-malthusian theory.

Reclaiming Radical Futures

“The Right is primarily after power, in the fight for power (which for example it does not possess in Poland today) it is prepared to advance any leftist slogans that can count on popular appear. Let us speak openly: contempt for ideology is the strength of the Right because it allows for greater flexibility in practice and for the arbitrary use of any facade that will facilitate the seizure of power”  Leszek Kolakowski ‘The Concept of the Left’ With the anti-defamation league recently publishing an article conflating accelerationism with a particularly violent strand of an already reactionary ideology. It occurred to...

Recent Reflections On Value

In a recent television spot the economist, Mariana Mazzucato briefly touched on something which whilst hugely important is often left out of the public debate on economics. Whilst, unfortunately, she was unable to create the space to expound on it fully at 31:00 the following exchange takes place Jo Coburn: What don’t we value enough? Mariana Mazzucato: Well, first of all, we confuse price with value, it used to be that there were big debates about value and that turned into the theory of price, we only put into GDP things that have a price, if you marry your cleaner GDP will go down,...

A Brief Note On Accelerationist Politics

A recent article on the Southern Poverty Law Center defined Accelerationism as “The idea that violence should be used to push Western countries into becoming failed states. Adherents hope the collapse will give rise to radical, presently unthinkable changes in our society.” Now even a cursory glimpse at Land’s infamous A Quick and Dirty Guide…, would disprove anyone of this notion however what perhaps is more interesting is why or how such a definition could have occurred. In the aforementioned article, the primary vehicle of revolutionary change was capitalism itself as a force of deterritorialization and reterritorialization, of decoding, destratification and displacement.  Of course,...

Stalled Union, New Horizons

“I don’t have red lines, I only have horizons.” In a speech delivered near the end of September 2017 at Sorbonne University, the French President, Emmanuel Macron outlined his vision for a post-Brexit Europe. Amongst various statements detailing the struggles facing Europe, he signalled a commitment to common European policies on defence, asylum and taxation. The formation of new European universities, geared towards the adoption of new languages. The creation of a position of finance minister to supervise the 19 member state eurozone area and a European Monetary Fund. His plans for taxation included an expansion of existing laws to allow...

Some Quick Thoughts On “Accelerationist Attitude”

Meta-nomad’s parting shot to the accelerationist community, A Critique of Accelerationist Attitude has certainly provoked some interesting reactions and whilst I wouldn’t necessarily class myself as an accelerationist there is one particular point that I thought worth exploring further. Meta-nomad, quite rightly identifies acceleration as an inhuman philosophy based on the idea that the developed forces of acceleration are often portrayed in such a way to appear almost otherworldly. Land in particular regularly evokes imagery of Cthonic Deities, tentacular machine-gods, super-intelligent AIs. However, Meta-nomad then goes on to critique the fact that those so often commenting on and exploring these forces are themselves all too human or...

Notes on Marx’s 1850 Address to the Communist League

In many ways astonishingly prescient, Marx’s 1850 address to the communist league highlighted many of the struggles that still hamstring ostensibly left-wing workers movements to this day. Whilst the manifesto laid the groundwork for Marx and Engel’s conception of class struggle and a theoretical political and economic program, the mixed fortunes of the 1848 revolutions appeared to necessitate a change in strategy. Rather than the proletariat emerging victorious, it appeared that it was a new democratic bourgeoisie who grasped the reins of the state. This turn of events became even more depressing in Germany given the subsequent moves by the democratic petit-bourgeois...