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Accelerationism and Acceleration

David Henkin
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Accélérationnismes et accélération

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In May 2013, the British website Critical Legal Thinking published a “Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics,” composed by a pair of young British intellectuals named Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams. Although dotted with expressions and allusions that reflected the authors’ formal training in British doctoral programs, the text was not a scholarly project. Like its more famous model, the manifesto clearly set out to change the world rather than to interpret it. Srnicek and Williams’s MAP, as it is now commonly designated, exhorted fellow leftists to “take advantage of every technological and scientific advance made possible by capitalist society,” including quantification, economic modeling, social network analysis, and big data analytics, and to claim “the materialist platform of neoliberalism” as a “springboard to launch towards post-capitalism.” Rejecting what it characterized as a backward-looking “folk politics of localism, direct action, and relentless horizontalism,” in fav...

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David Henkin, « Accelerationism and Acceleration », Écrire l'histoire [En ligne], 16 | 2016, mis en ligne le 15 septembre 2019, consulté le 20 avril 2018. URL :

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David Henkin

David Henkin is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches and writes about the United States in the nineteenth century. His publications include City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York (Columbia University Press, 1998), The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and (with Rebecca McLennan) Becoming America: A History for the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill, 2014). He is currently writing a history of weekly rhythms in nineteenth-century America.

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