Back to the Future: Rebranding Social Democracy

There are two ways to read Inventing the Future. One is a fairly innocent critique of the “post-68 left”, and an outline of how to build a desirable post-capitalist future through a flawed Gramscian framework. The other is a critique of working class self-activity, and a call for a benevolent class of technocrats who can gradually reform capitalism for the masses.

Malign velocities: accelerationism and capitalism - Benjamin Noys

We are told our lives are too fast, subject to the accelerating demand that we innovate more, work more, enjoy more, produce more, and consume more. That’s one familiar story. Another, stranger, story is told here: of those who think we haven’t gone fast enough. Instead of rejecting the increasing tempo of capitalist production they argue that we should embrace and accelerate it. Rejecting this conclusion, "Malign Velocities" tracks this 'accelerationism' as the symptom of the misery and pain of labour under capitalism.

#ACCELERATE: The Accelerationist Reader

#Accelerate constructs a genealogy of accelerationism, calling attention to early anticipations of accelerationism, and presenting new essays that document the emergence of new accelerationisms steeled against the onslaughts of capitalist realism, and re-tooled for the 21st century.