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In June 2007, Paul Virilio and Sylvère Lotringer met in La Rochelle, France to reconsider the premises they developed twenty-five years before in their frighteningly prescient classic, Pure War. Pure War described the invisible war waged by technology against humanity, and the lack of any real distinction since World War II between war and peace. Speaking with Lotringer in 1982, Virilio noted the "accidents" that inevitably arise with every technological development: from car crashes to nuclear spillage, to the extermination of space and the derealization of time wrought by instant communication. In this new and updated edition, Virilio and
Lotringer consider how the omnipresent threat of the "accident"--both military and economic--has escalated. With the fall of the Soviet bloc, the balance of power between East and
West based on nuclear deterrence has given way to a more diffuse multi-polar nuclear threat.
Moreover, as the speed of communication has increased exponentially, "local"
accidents--like the collapse of the Asian markets in the late 1980s--escalate, with the speed of contagion, into global events instantaneously. "Globalization," Virilio argues, is the planet's ultimate accident.Paul Virilio was born in Paris in 1932 to an immigrant Italian family.
Trained as an urban planner, he became the director of the École Speciale d'Architecture in the wake of the 1968 rebellion. He has published twenty-five books, including Pure War (1988) (his first in
English) and The Accident of Art (2005), both with Sylvère Lotringer and published by Semiotext(e).
Sylvère Lotringer, general editor of Semiotext(e), lives in New York and Baja California. He is the author of Overexposed: Perverting Perversions (Semiotext(e), 2007) and other books.
Introduction Impure War by Paul Virilio 7
Pure War 15
1 The Space of War 17
2 The Time of War 27
3 Technology and Trans-politics 37
4 Fragmentation and Technology 45
5 Speed and the Military 57
6 Deterrence and Freedom of Movement 67
7 The Colonization of Time 81
8 Cinema and Resistance 91
9 Endo-colonization and the State-as-Destiny 103
10 The Production of Destruction 115
11 The War-Machine and Death 129
12 Pacifism and the Regression of Politics 145
13 The North-South Inversion 155
14 The Fatal Couple and the Supreme Idol 169
Postscript,1997: Infowar 183
Postscript, 2007: War On The Cities 207
1 The New Bunkers 209
2 A Finite World 221
Posted January 19, 2010
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