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Nick Land

Birthdate: 17. January 1962

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Nick Land is an English philosopher, short-story horror writer, blogger, and "the father of accelerationism".

His writing is credited with pioneering the genre known as "theory-fiction". A cofounder of the 1990s collective Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, his work has been tied to the development of accelerationism and speculative realism.

Most recently, Land has been a primary theorist and the namer of the Dark Enlightenment, a "neoreactionary" philosophy that opposes egalitarianism and is sometimes associated with the alt-right or other right-wing movements. Shuja Haider notes, "His sequence of essays setting out its principles have become the foundation of the NRx canon."

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Quotes Nick Land

„Space echoes like an immense tomb, yet the stars still burn. Why does the sun take so long to die?“

—  Nick Land, The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism
Context: God is nowhere to be found, yet there is still so much light! Light that dazzles and maddens; crisp, ruthless light. Space echoes like an immense tomb, yet the stars still burn. Why does the sun take so long to die? Or the moon retain such fidelity to the Earth? Where is the new darkness? The greatest of all unknowings? Is death itself shy of us? Chapter 5: "Dead God", p. 60 (original emphasis)

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„Garbage time is running out. Can what is playing you make it to level-2?“

—  Nick Land
"Meltdown" http://www.ccru.net/swarm1/1_melt.htm (1994)

„Rituals of belonging (ordeals, oaths, rites of passage) are designed to disambiguate membership.“

—  Nick Land
"Kinds of Killing" https://web.archive.org/web/20121111032625/http://www.thatsmags.com/shanghai/article/1008/kinds-of-killing (2011)

„It might be argued that civilization is nothing else, that is to say: the tendency of personal authority to decline towards zero.“

—  Nick Land
"A Republic, If You Can Keep It" https://web.archive.org/web/20140327090001/http://www.thatsmags.com/shanghai/articles/12321 (2013) (original emphasis)

„What appears as disaster postponed is, in virtual reality, disaster expanded.“

—  Nick Land
"Suspended Animation (Part 5)" https://web.archive.org/web/20121111032650/http://www.thatsmags.com/shanghai/article/1524/suspended-animation-part-5 (2011)

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„(...) anything that systematically enhances moral hazard is simply manufacturing craziness.“

—  Nick Land
"Suspended Animation (Part 5)" https://web.archive.org/web/20121111032650/http://www.thatsmags.com/shanghai/article/1524/suspended-animation-part-5 (2011)

„All historical evidence seems to be that the party of chaos is suppressed by the party of order.“

—  Nick Land
"‘The Only Thing I Would Impose is Fragmentation’ Interview with Nick Land" https://syntheticzero.net/2017/06/19/the-only-thing-i-would-impose-is-fragmentation-an-interview-with-nick-land/ (2017)

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„A revolutionary war against a modern metropolitan state can only be fought in hell.“

—  Nick Land
"Kant, Capital, and the Prohibition of Incest" (1988–9), in Fanged Noumena, p. 79

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