Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism, reading group and discussion. @ Artefact, Birmingham [24 June]

Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism, reading group and discussion.

17:00 - 19:30

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1464 Pershore Rd, Stirchley, B30 2NT Birmingham, United Kingdom
As part of the IWW reading group we will be reading the late Mark Fisher's seminal text Capitalist Realism together. The reading group will be joined by Keir Milburn from Leeds Plan C. Keir was a friend and comrade of Mark's who will talk a little about his life and work.

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 colours all areas of contemporary experience.

The text is relatively short so we will be discussing the whole thing — It's available to purchase online here: & the pdf is on All are welcome from any organisation or none as we hope to have a good disscussion. We will also use the opportunity at the end of the session to plan further texts to read in the regular IWW reading group.

Please let us know if you need help with childcare to attend the reading group and we will work to make that possible.
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