The different speeds of movement, even within Bagration’s avant-garde, make Virilio my philosopher of choice for this chapter. Virilio sees techniques of power pioneered by the 19th century military becoming the organising principle of our modern societies. Napoleon’s ability to coordinate the movement of very large numbers of soldiers and do it faster than his enemies was the key to his success — but from a 21st century perspective these people are just hanging around…and finding pastimes to fill the hours.
(on the impossibility of running away from cannonballs)
“Safety is in Assault simply because the new ballistic vehicles make flight useless; they go faster and farther than the soldier”. From Speed and Politics 1977