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Accelerationism comes from the same place as small children knocking over the game board because they didn't win.

Accelerationism is the idea that if you accelerate class conflict by supporting neoliberal capitalism on steroids and oppressing the working class as much as possible, then they'll have no choice but to revolt against the bourgeoisie for you.

Why it doesn't work[edit]

Donald Trump's candidacy is a happy accident that is currently ripping the soul of America apart, which is something that I think we desperately need (and deserve) at this time in our history, for better or for worse. I support whatever strange gods happen to be behind his candidacy, for, as Martin Heidegger proclaimed in his famous Der Spiegel interview, although for slightly different reasons, "Only a God can save us."[1]
—An Occupy protester turned Trump supporter

Accelerationism relies on the narcissistic belief that, if things got worse, people who were uninformed of systemic problems would come to see the same objective truth you see, because it's so obvious. When in reality, the perception of systemic problems can be shaped heavily by media, and those who are in power are going to have a better chance of coordinating their media to shape uninformed people's perceptions, and in doing so, convince them to work in ways to reinforce their positions of power. (see: the absolute Republican control over Kansas, even as the entire state goes further down the drain).

The Weimar Republic is the most notorious example that this revolutionary strategy could just as well backfire and send the working class heading into the complete opposite direction. This is especially true when the Communist Party uses some of the same antisemitic and nationalist talking points as the fascists.

Turning the former regime to ash does not automatically guarantee that something better will replace it and one may in fact end up with something that much harder to move away from. The political barometer does not suddenly reset to zero like resetting the mileage counter on a car; it can just shift to a position that's even harder to work to a better state from, if even at all. People wishing for change have to start from where they are now and do the hard, grinding toil of making it better every step of the way and clawing every scrap of progress and not give up their ground instead of resigning themselves to waiting for complete overthrow to start from the ruins of the old order.

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