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By Paul Virilio

Publication was once nice yet I retain going again to the canopy. Who says "you cannot pass judgement on a publication by way of its cover". Wow that images is compelling. So clean, so new. who's the photographer???

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Vanished, and we didn’t derive anything from it, except that now deterrence is everywhere. It is not just buried in the nuclear silos of the Albion plateau or under the Rocky Mountains, it is everywhere. In a sense, deterrence has replaced life itself. Exactly. The globalization of liberalism is a deterrence of politics. Everything at this point is going too fast to settle into anything. The Cold War didn’t rely yet on this instantaneity of time, although time was becoming the crucial factor. This opened up the spacetime dimension.

It’s about preserving the lithospheric texture, as I have said. At that time no one was really talking about ecology yet. In the States, yes, but not in France. Only after ’68 will it be brought up. Then you had notions like the hydropshere, the lithosphere, the atmosphere: this is something I am concerned about. My vision is an aerialized vision. Cities as you saw them weren’t meant to be emptied, just streamlined. In Speed and Politics, 11 you defined cities in terms of circulation, a city street being only a crossroad ...

You used to depict New York almost as a rocket ready to take off. The vision I had at the time was spatialist and aerial, as if the city were taking off from the ground to free it up, restoring it to its original nature. The oblique planes were intended not to occupy the ground. Just look at my drawings: my visions were aerial. Also, in “Nautacity,” there were men flying around with rocket-packs. So there was an idea that urbanism was becoming aerial. But in the case of New York, you felt that there was something diabolical about this elevation...

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