I’ve admittedly been putting off learning about the new movement known as Accelerationism, and I have not read enough or engaged with the idea enough to really know at all what I am talking about. So in part this is a request – tell me what I should be reading, where I should be looking, what interests you about the movement, and what you see are its limitations.
What I find compelling – so far – is simply that Accelerationism seems to push for tactics and practical strategies for building a better future rather than theorizing abstractly the hegemony of Capitalism and the recognition that it will take concerted effort (struggle, one might say) to bring about the end of Capitalist exploitation (as opposed to simply waiting for Capitalism’s “inherent contradictions” to bring about its own collapse). However the approach seems ripe for critique from feminist and post-colonial perspectives, as well as for its seemingly simplistic conception of human-technology-environment interactions. In fact, the whole thing seems overly simplistic to me – the struggle I refer to will take time, and have no certain outcomes. Struggle to me means engaging with differences, moving through them (though, perhaps, never beyond) to build a better world together. Accelerationism – in my superficial understanding – seems to prefer to ignore differences in favor of its vanguardist drive to techno-social engineering. Again, that’s my superficial, and poorly informed take on the issue.
Reading about it also brings to mind the recent film Snowpiercer.