06 Feb The Future Left Reading Group Presents: Capitalist Realism
Mark Fisher has been one of the most important writers to be able to lay out the postmodern and contemporary phase of capitalism we are currently in. Some of us are trying to figure out what that term even means, while others whether or not there is truly an ‘alternative to capitalism’. Few writers have been able to gain such respect writing from an interdisciplinary perspective connecting neoliberalism and depression via “the privatization of stress,” the long-term failure of the left due to workers losing their power on a factory floor, alongside a systemic weakening of unions and socialist futures.
In summary, we will be reading one of the most important texts in our view on laying out the contemporary conditions of biopolitics and how capitalism pervades culture. The biopolitics of the contemporary condition has been shown in the rise of loneliness, depression, and as Fisher explains “the privatization of stress”. This passage sums up the idea of the book:
“Capitalism has it that as long as we believe (in our hearts) that capitalism is bad, we are free to continue to participate in a capitalist exchange. Capitalism, in general, relies on this structure of disavowal. To reclaim a real political agency means first of all accepting our insertion at the level of desire in the remorseless meat-grinder of Capital. What is being disavowed in the abjection of evil and ignorance onto fantasmatic Others is our own complicity in planetary networks of oppression. What needs to be kept in mind is both that capitalism is a hyper-abstract impersonal structure and that it would be nothing without our co-operation. Capital is an abstract parasite, an insatiable vampire and zombie- maker; but the living flesh it converts into dead labor is ours, and the zombies it makes are us.”
If you’re interested in joining us, please try to RSVP by March 8th if you want to have the readings in time. We will be reading the first 43 pages of the short 86 count book. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read the book online here:
You can access the beginning of the book through a series of links below:
The venue is under Kchung Radio and over Pho 87. If you need help getting to the venue we will send out more specific directions and a phone number right before the event.