CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Pure War (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents)
by Paul Virilio and Sylvère Lotringer
$14.95 List Price
In 1982, smack in the middle of cold-war angst, Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer interviewed architect and philosopher Paul Virilio about nuclear war and technology. Their densely layered dialogue was published the following year as Pure War, which introduced Virilio’s thinking to the United States. Last year, the pair met to reevaluate their earlier arguments, and the reissue of Pure War includes this new conversation and a fresh introduction.
At present, its almost impossible to deny Lotringer and Virilio’s twenty-five-year-old observation: that war’s survival is dependent on its perpetuation during peacetime. War’s existence is no longer defined by battles but by its role as a deterrent, wherein the threat of conflict is constant. Eisenhower defined logistics as the transfer of “a nation’s
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