Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Revised) Spiral-Bound | December 15, 2022

Mark Fisher

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An analysis of the ways in which capitalism has presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system.

It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework. Using examples from politics, film (Children Of Men, Jason Bourne, Supernanny), fiction (Le Guin and Kafka), work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colors all areas of contemporary experience, is anything but realistic and asks how capitalism and its inconsistencies can be challenged. It is a sharp analysis of the post-ideological malaise that suggests that the economics and politics of free market neo-liberalism are givens rather than constructions. New Edition includes: Forward by Zoe Fisher, Mark’s wife, talking about Mark as a person Introduction by Alex Niven, his friend and colleague, talking about the political significance of the book thirteen years after it was written Afterword by Tariq Goddard, the original editor and publisher, describing the writing and editing of the book, its original reception, and Mark’s own view of it "A quick and entertaining read." Socialist Standard "A provocative and necessary read...for anyone wanting to talk seriously about the politics of education today. " Times Higher Educational Supplement
Publisher: National Book Network
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 120 pages
ISBN-10: 1803414308
Item Weight: 0.3 lbs
Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 10,001 to 50,000 ratings
"The beauty of Mark Fisher's laser sharp critique of the destructive effects of life under Neo-Liberalism was that it spoke to ordinary people in plain language that went beyond the often hermetic intellectual world of Academia. He is greatly missed. We need voices like Mark's more than ever." - Bobby Gillespie, Primal Scream
Mark Fisher is highly respected both as a music writer and a theorist. He writes regularly for The Wire, frieze, New Statesman, and Sight & Sound. He is a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University Of London, and maintains one of the most successful weblogs on cultural theory, k-punk (http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org)