"As a mostly 20th century academic reader, #Accelerate includes some of the worst examples of self-indulgent left academic frivolity. We can track the evolution of Anglo-French accelerationism through the “Ferment” section, which reads in part like a game of Marxist telephone on acid. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s daring fusion of Marx and Freud yields Lyotard endorsing the joy of being fucked by capital yields Gilles Lipovetsky’s foolhardy “acceleration of critique.” Class struggle falls out of these accounts, as the authors arrogantly pronounce that capital’s blender has abolished such distinctions.
Although these pieces of writing are useful in constructing a genealogy, I wonder what purpose they serve acceleration itself. If we are for technosocial acceleration, then surely one of the things we can leave behind is leftist professors from the 1970s who thought “what is important is to be able to laugh and dance.” They laughed and danced into tenure and home loans, and now here we are.”
"Bolshevist is the epithet that present-day reactionaries delight to fling around loosely against those who insist on thinking of themselves and on agitating for their rights. We do not know exactly what the reactionaries desire to convey by the term - we do not think that they know themselves. Howeer, if as appears by its frequent use against those who are agitating in the people’s interests and for justice for the oppressed, the term in intended to cover those ‘bad agitators,’ who are not content that the people shall forever be enslaved in the clucthed of the cut-throat, child-exploiting, capitalist-imperialist crew, then assuredly we are Bolshevists. This epithet nor any other holds any terrors for us. If to fight for one’s rights is to be Bolshevists, then we are Bolshevists and let them make the most of it!
And for the further information of the asses who use the term so loosely we will make the statement that we would not for a moment hesitate to ally ourselves with any group, if by such an alliance we could campass the liberation of our race and the redemption of our Fatherland. A man pressed to earth by another murderous intent is not under any obligation to choose his weapons. He would be a fool if he did not use any or whatever weapon was within his reach. Self-preservation is the first law of human nature.
For the benefit of the serviles and lick-spittles who are shocked because we refuse to profess perfect contentment under oppression or slavishly to designate a Living Hell as a ‘free, grand and glorious country,’ the editor of The Crusader desires to state that, while he is, theoretically, an ‘American citizen’ - with all the surplus of duties and lack of rights which characterize a Negro ‘American citizen’ - he is still and always had been a NEGRO BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE and will continue so to be until Negro ‘American citizens’ are not only American citizens in theory, but in practice as well.
This choice is not voluntary. It is forced upon us and upon every other Negro of spirit - and, we might add, of intelligence - by the open denial to our people of the most ordinary rights of American citizenship - rights hat are so ordinary as to be enjoyed even by the unnaturalized white foreigner in the land, but which, most ordinary as they are, and open to the enjoyment of the white alien, are yet denied to us in every section of the country.”
- Cyril Briggs, “Bolshevist — Negro First!” Crusader, October 1919.
Quoted by Winston James, Holding Aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America. London: Verso, 1999. pp. 167-168.
"…who lays claim to leadership should make a study of Bolshevism and explain its meaning to the colored masses. It is the greatest and most scientific idea afloat in the world today that can be easily put into practice by the proletariat to better its material and spiritual life. Bolshevism…has made Russia safe for the Jew. It has liberated the Slav peasant from priest and bueaucrat who can no longer egg him on to murder Jews to bolster up their rotten institutions. It might make these United States safe for the Negro. When the cracker slave frees his mind of the nightmare of race equality, when he finds out that his parasite politicians have been fooling him for years, when he takes back the soil from his Bourbon exploiters and is willing to till it alongside of the Negro and tries to forget that he is a ‘nigger’, while the latter ceases to think of him in terms of poor trash, when the Vardamns and Cole Bleases find themselves jobless, then the artifical hate that breeds lynchings and race riots might suddenly die.
If the Russian idea should take hold of the white masses of the western world, and they should rise in united strength and overthrow their imperial capitalist government, then the black toilers would automatically be free! Will their leaders educate the now to make good use of their advantages eventually?”
- Claude McKay in Negro World, September 20, 1919.
Quoted in Winston James, Holding Aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America. London: Verso, 1999. pp. 164-165.