There is no such thing as a technological accident: Cheap Natures, climate crisis & technological impasse

What if Virilio’s compelling rendering of integral accidents – as chain reactions” of “incidents and disasters” – is turned inside out, into the heart of capitalism’s much vaunted capacity for “innovation”? Integral accidents issue from capitalism’s specific integration of power, profit and life. This cannot be reduced to the narrowly economic; modern technologies are so destructive because they incorporate capitalism’ political constitution of the conditions of profitability: hence the centrality of imperialism and states in capitalist environment-making.

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