“Beauty is convulsive or it will not be,” declared André Breton in Nadja in 1928. Eight years later a social revolution, ultimately defeated, rocked Spain.
Alienation will not be overthrown using “alienated forms of struggle”, Guy Debord suggested in The Society of the Spectacle in November 1967. Damned right it won’t! Nodding to Ned Ludd, he spoke instead of breaking the “machines of permitted consumption.” Six months later the volcano of May 1968 erupted in France.
Whoever claims they want to “observe the bare facts dispassionately”, wrote the Socialist Patients’ Collective of the University of Heidelberg in 1972, is either an “idiot” or a “dangerous criminal.” (Turn Illness Into a Weapon). What a clear and succinct way of putting it! But decades of darkness followed.
In the darkness came change. It wasn’t for the better.
As far as we are aware, the term “technofascism” first appeared in 1970 in the United States.  Half a century later, at the turn of the 2020s, literally billions of people clutch interactive television sets through which they receive – and “actively” participate in spreading – the totalitarian message. Bathing them in microwave radiation, these computerised gadgets enable their almost every movement to be tracked by global corporations working closely with state intelligence agencies. The poor souls thought they were free.
Breton, Debord and the Heidelberg collective all had the right idea. It’s still right. But if we are to escape from our miserable, terrible epoch we need original expressions of it: vivid, to the point, disruptive, explosive. In the name of humanity, throw stuff! Kick and scream! Believe in the human spirit! Grip people, go to the root, be ad hominem. Make shame more shameful still by making it public! 
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1) A cartoon in the March 1970 edition of Quicksilver Times shows it split into two words as “Techno Fascism”. The term may also have been used around the same time in Italy and Germany: if you know anything about that, please get in touch. In 1994, a group in Britain called “Some Opponents of Technofascism” decried the electronic tagging of newborn babies and the associated propaganda of the time.
2) Gripping people, being ad hominem, and making shame more shameful still are formulations used nearly 200 years ago by Karl Marx in his “Introduction” to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1844). Marx was the geezer who first compared schools to sausage factories. (Chap. 16 of vol.1 of Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, 1867). ■ ︎