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Nick Land / Accelerationism

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About

Nick Land is a philosopher best known for his popularization of the term Accelerationism as a critical theory for analyzing the effects of capitalism and technological progress. Land was part of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (CCRU), a group that also included Mark Fisher, the author of Capitalist Realism. Nick Land's book Fanged Noumena and his theory of accelerationism became a prominent fixture in niche internet politics and philosophy communities following the year 2018, with various tribes encompassing "left/acc," "right/acc" and "unconditional/acc" exchanging memes on Twitter, Discord and Instagram. Land is also known for his Twitter account @Outsideness.

Career

Nick Land began his career as a lecturer at the University of Warwick for 10 years between 1987 and 1998. He and fellow academic Sadie Plant co-founded the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (CCRU), an interdisciplinary research group that engaged with what is now called "theory-fiction." The group notably acted as an incubator for Mark Fisher's work, notable in meme culture for his book Capitalist Realism. Land drew from a vast variety of unorthodox influences and is credited for taking CCRU down an academically unconventional path that eventually led to the University of Warwick disassociating itself from the group.[1]

Land is reported to have been an avid user of amphetamines during his time leading the CCRU, as well as a fan of jungle music, a genre of fast-paced EDM. Many credit his amphetamine use for his eventual burnout and retirement from public life, after which he reemerged in Shanghai as a reportedly fascist thinker aligned with neo-reactionary white supremacist ideologies.[2]

Accelerationism

Accelerationism is a term used in a variety of political and philosophical ideas to describe the intensification or "acceleration" of technological change and capitalist growth as a means for radical social transformation. The theory draws on the post-Marxist idea that social tensions caused by capitalism create instabilities in capitalist regimes, which must be accelerated in order to allow for new social structures. Nick Land is known as a central influence on popular ideas surrounding accelerationism, alongside thinkers Baudrillard, Deleuze, and Guattari.[1]

Land also notably associates himself with Dark Enlightenment or neo-reactionary thought (sometimes called NRx). In 2013, Land wrote a series of essays titled The Dark Enlightenment, which is now heralded as a founding document of the NRx movement.[15]

Online History

Nick Land was often discussed on 4chan before 2017, with a December 4th, 2016, /lit/ thread containing a meme about Land (seen below).[14]


"Muh Hyperstitial Deterritorialization" muh hyperstitial deterritorialization This expression indicates a Nick Land's offendedness or hurt feelings. When confronted with something he or she finds offensive or hurtful to themself or others, anti- humans mumble, "muh Outside" or "muh machinic immensities". This is usually followed by long, angry butthurt posts about how you're going to be r---- by machine Al for the glory of Gnon MSCHOLASTIC

In the years leading up to 2017, various white supremacist groups, including the Iron March, began using the word "accelerationism" to describe their political strategies.[3] In 2016, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek asserted that he would vote for Donald Trump if he were American, leading various commentators to label his politics as "accelerationist."[4] On May 11th, 2017, The Guardian then published an article titled "Accelerationism: How A Fringe Philosophy Predicted The Future We Live In."[5]

On July 29th, 2017, Twitter[6] user @glassbeachband posted a tweet about accelerationism, gathering over 500 likes in five years (seen below, left). On October 17th, 2017, Twitter[7] user @380kmh posted a tweet about accelerationism, gathering over 100 likes in four years (seen below, right).


bass gleach @glassbeachband ... you (f------ idiot): Watching the emoji movie ensures more bad movies will be made me (smart): Watching the emoji movie is accelerationism 2:17 AM Jul 29, 2017 145 Retweets 509 Likes Alex "Boreal" Forrest A @380kmh h-------- Trudeau is extremely accelerationist Justin Trudeau @Justin Trudeau 201 I would rather see a nuclear blast in Toronto than to press the button and attack another country myself. 91 would tau bablast in Toronto nuclear brast 5:47 PM Oct 17, 2017 59 Retweets 10 Quote Tweets 142 Likes : FORT MOMURRAY in Toronto

In 2018, the term "accelerationist" came to be used to describe someone that acts contrary to their personal belief with the hope that such support will bring about inevitable failure. On October 11th, 2017, Twitter[8] user @buttpraxis posted a tweet that read, "Making people walk through first-class on the way to their economy seats is great praxis if you're an accelerationist," gathering over 100 likes in over four years (seen below, left). On March 19th, 2018, Twitter[9] user @meakoopa posted a tweet about gay adult film star Colby Keller voting for Trump in 2016, gathering over 300 likes in over four years (seen below, right).


Butt Praxis buttpraxis@mastodon.social @buttpraxis Making people walk through first-class on the way to their economy seats is great praxis if you're an accelerationist 4:28 PM Oct 11, 2017 17 Retweets 179 Likes : Anthony Oliveira @meakoopa "that guy voted for trump then tried to pass himself off as an accelerationist" - me leaning in to ruin your p--- 5:00 PM - Mar 19, 2018 20 Retweets 5 Quote Tweets 346 Likes :

A March 20th, 2019, article titled "Accelerationism And The Christchurch Shooter" on Xenogothic outlines the use and possible misuse of the term "accelerationism" by alt-right groups and the Christchurch shooter]

In 2019 and 2020, Nick Land became a prominent fixture on theory-meme pages and subreddits. The earliest known Instagram meme to use Nick Land's name is an April 3rd, 2019, post by @deleuzeanddragons,[11] gathering 50 likes in over three years (seen below, left). On August 12th, 2019, Redditor[12] @alphacoronae posted a Political Compass meme to /r/politicalcompassmemes, gathering over 600 upvotes in over three years (seen below, right).


Neo-Guattari, radicalised by Andrew Culp, arrives from the future and pens a letter to Deleuze c. 1994 re: Nick Land "Ruin has come to our family... DESELERATION Total Nihilistic Un-Singularity Post-Collapse Subtellurian (Re)colonization Eternal Y2K Cultural Time-Trap Forever Eco-Fascist Global Genocide Anti-Singularity HYPERHUMAN Hyper-Commodified Cocaine Capitalism Archeofuturist Miyazaki Patchwork Fully Automated Gay Space Luxury Communism Globohomo Vampire-Elite Enslavement: 19 Cybernetic Sex Slime Transcendence Interplanetary Technofascist Manifest Galaxy Autonomous Pajeet Technocracy Post-Scarcity Post-Female Mass Technoreclusion UNHUMAN Recursive Matrioshka Brain Universe Reduplication Exit Universal MMO Consciousness Upload 100% Urbanization SimCity Al-tocracy Ex-Human Pangalactic Strip Mining Singularity ACCELERATION

In September 2018, podcaster Joshua Citarella published a zine outlining what he called "Politigram and the Post-Left," which included a section on Nick Land memes.[13]

Various Examples


idk but.... Transhumanist hyper-fascism might not be the ideal mode of production Yet ur préserved in a pod filled with Synthetic goo made under transhumanist hyper-fascism. How ironic Sonic the Hedgehog good morning @elonmus 472 Elon Musk @elonmusk Replying to @sonic_hedgehog Good morning, Sonic. Like Elon Musk is an accelerationist confirmed, gotta go fast dros See More 205 8,381 Comment 7 Comments Share WHO WOULD WIN? A respectable philosopher LL A bunch of weird molecules IZ Accelerationism Accelerationism Accelerationism Egoism Solving the Problem of Spacetime Star Trek Time (~15 billion posts) (quality posts only) Accelerating expansion Slowing expansion Present first blogs birth of the forum Big Bang <///// Blade Runner Expanding Technosphere 1 A 'PERFECT MARRIAGE' IS JUST TWO IMPERFECT PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO GIVE UP ON EACH OTHER you

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External References

[1] Wikipedia – CCRU

[2] The Guardian – Accelerationism

[3] CTC Sentinel – The Iron March Forum and the Evolution of the 'Skull Mask' Neo-Fascist Network

[4]  Internet Archive – Richard Coyne

[5] The Guardian – Accelerationism

[6] Twitter – glassbeachband

[7] Twitter – 380kmh

[8] Twitter – buttpraxis

[9] Twitter – meakoopa

[10] Xenogothic – Accelerationism And The Christchurch Shooter

[11] Instagram – Deleuzeanddragons

[12] Reddit – PoliticalCompassMemes

[13] Substack – Politigram And The Post Left

[14] 4Archive – /lit/

[15] Internet Archive – The Dark Enlightenment

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