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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Bodies without organs and inorganic bodies - the necropolitics of accelerationism

Writing about the molecular unconscious in the fourth part of the Anti-Oedipus, Deleuze and Guattari notice clearly that the body without organs and its intensities are matter itself. The unconscious is physical - they intend to give a fully materialistic account of what takes place unconsciously. Matter is not organized in organs, it is pure body - and it transmit intensities. Intensities goes from bodies to bodies - temperature is contagious, as colors in the wet paint, as rhythms is transmitted through different media. The machinic molecular unconscious describes the physical world but also the schizo who is doing no more than (almost) aimless production and therefore decodifying the existing codes of registration and consumption. Decodification of flows is to approach the body without organs in the sense that intensities replace codes and the molecular is made explicit. Such is the flow of capital, such is the movement of the body without organs - of the schizo - that decodifies what is molar, what is established, say by the attachment to the land or the orders of the State.

The connection between capital and the body without organs - capital is the relative limit while the body without organs is the absolute limit of a process of schizophrenization that melts codes, norms, rules, traditions and attachment - is the basis of D&G's accelerationism. If capital is not the ultimate flow and can be superseded (and decoded) by something that flows faster is because there could be something that turns the organic into the inorganic further. This sets the necrophilic stance of (any) accelerationism: it is about turning the organic codes into a flow of intensities (be it capital, information or any hyperflow) and therefore into the inorganic. Accelerationism is the ultimate necropolitics, it is from its inception a love of the inorganic, of the inorganic body, a focus on the bodies and not in any organ. Arguably, D&G are following Marx in the Manuscripts when he claims considering that the body expands to the inorganic ingredients of the land when no exploitation takes place anymore. But the melting of the distinction between the organic and the inorganic appears in accelerationism as being a process of dying, a process of destructing the organic, killing it. Capital is a killer, could be the message, and one has to kill faster if one is to resist it. But the worst in accelerationism if viewed like this is to claim that the organic (but maybe not life itself) is what needs to be overcome as it is the ultimate locus of traditional and established codes. In doing that, accelerationism forces revolution into a chapter of a necropolitics.

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