Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Paperback)
A founding text of the modern online left. Written in 2009 by the late Mark Fisher in response to the Global Financial Crisis, it diagnoses the state and workings of capitalism in the post USSR world. An essential read to understand the current American political climate/situation. —Andrew— From Staff Favorites List
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.
About the Author
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)