Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

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John Hunt Publishing, 2009 - Philosophy - 81 pages
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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, films, fiction, work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience. But it will also show that, because of a number of inconsistencies and glitches internal to the capitalist reality program capitalism in fact is anything but realistic.

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User Review  - TegarSault - LibraryThing

Interesting set of articles on leftist perspectives of culture. Academic discussions that I feel I have not read enough to appreciate fully, but still approachable enough to get the gist. Read full review

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User Review  - sunil_kumar - LibraryThing

A deeply depressing book about a system that all of us are born into and that slowly seeps into every facet of our lives, even the one's we think are free from its influence. Mark Fisher is good at ... Read full review

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Its easier to imagine the end of the world than
What if you held a protest and everyone came?
Reflexive impotence immobilization
October 6 1979 Dont let yourself get attached
All that is solid melts into PR market Stalinism
if you can watch the overlap of one reality with
Theres no central exchange
Marxist Supernanny

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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 (

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