#Accelerate, 363–378

Chapter

Some Reflections on the #Accelerate Manifesto

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EXCERPT

The Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics (MAP) opens with a broad acknowledgment of the dramatic scenario of the current crisis: Cataclysm. The denial of the future. An imminent apocalypse. But don’t be afraid! There is nothing politico-theological here. Anyone attracted by that should not read this manifesto. There are also none of the shibboleths of contemporary discourse, or rather, only one: the collapse of the planet’s climate system. But while this is important, here it is completely subordinated to industrial policies, and approachable only on the basis of a criticism of those. What is at the center of the Manifesto is ‘the increasing automation in production processes, including the automation of “intellectual labor”’, which would explain the secular crisis of capitalism.1 Catastrophism? A misinterpretation of Marx’s notion of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall? I wouldn’t say that…