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Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? (Zero Books) Paperback – December 16, 2009
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What happened to our future? Mark Fisher is a master cultural diagnostician, and in Capitalist Realism he surveys the symptoms of our current cultural malaise. We live in a world in which we have been told, again and again, that There Is No Alternative. The harsh demands of the 'just-in-time' marketplace have drained us of all hope and all belief. Living in an endless Eternal Now, we no longer seem able to imagine a future that might be different from the present. This book offers a brilliant analysis of the pervasive cynicism in which we seem to be mired, and even holds out the prospect of an antidote. -- Steven Shaviro, Author of Connected and Doom Patrols
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The provisional space Fisher opens is in the development of full blown alternatives to Capitalism that grow out of the promises Capitalism makes and not only does not but cannot keep. Towards the end of this book Fisher gives a number of examples. Capitalism promises an end of bureaucracy, but we live in the most standardised world imaginable. Capitalism promises joy for the individual, but we live in a world of increasing affective disorder. We approach catastrophic ecological collapse. In this space alternatives can be developed.
Again, with respect to other reviewers, I really do not care whether this is Zizek lite or otherwise. There is a well thought out argument here that deserves more engagement and less branding. A good book and heartily recommended.
Essentially, I am tired of boring, lazy, uncreative, expedient, conservative politics. I am completely uninterested in a politics that is only different in respect to the story within which it locates itself (and even this can seem barely indistinguishable at time). Ironically perhaps, this lament is, I think, a pretty boring, clichéd, glib statement. Yet, the point remains that I want to see, hear and participate in a truly alternative politics. Yet, it seems any time I have a conversation with someone, it is either explicitly stated or implied that `what we have is the best of the admittedly flawed offerings'. What we have, of course, is some kind of liberal capitalism. Can we really not imagine anything else...anything better?
Mark Fisher begins his book, Capitalist Realism, at this point in the story. Chapter 1 is titled, after Jameson and Zizek, `It's easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism'.Read more ›
But what distinguishes Fisher's writing from Zizek is that it is much more accesible and clearly written. Even a less diligent reader will be able to nod along to Fisher's writing, instead of scratching his or her head at every paragraph. And unlike some similar literature, this short book is refreshingly optimistic, revealing hidden opportunities for an ideological revolution. If you are concerned about today's social and economic structure--as you should be--but haven't written a thesis on the post-Fordist economy (yet), you need to read this book!
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This is a very brief book to read, and it tells truths that all of us should hear. However, I can't say I loved it, or really liked it, because it seemed more like a nice term... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent analysis with lots of current examples to really drive his message home. Beautifully written. A pleasure to read.Published 7 months ago by Andreas S.
The Kindle edition states that it has real page numbers, which was not the case when I received it.Published 8 months ago by TheOwl
An excellent and exciting read for anyone interested in how Capitalism functions.Published 10 months ago by Matt
I loved his Instant Millionaire book but just could not get into this book for some reason - we have to try it another dayPublished on October 12, 2013 by Pamela Adams
There was a time when the best philosophy books were short and well argued (one is reminded of Hume, Locke, and Plato's dialogues). Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by CB
With such an important message that Mr. Fisher should want to convey to as much of the public as possible, this book was written with a thesaurus in one hand and a dictionary in... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Gerald A.
Mark Fisher in his new book Capitalist Realism affirms the exhaustion and collapse into decadence of a world that is not only artificial but is itself the productive force of an... Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Steven Craig Hickman
Fisher's "Capitalist Realism" is a fast read, augmented by its fragmented inter-disciplinary analysis of how postmodernism/late capitalism has developed over the last decade. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Ivan M