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  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

  • Written by: Mark Fisher
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
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Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

Written by: Mark Fisher
Narrated by: Russell Brand
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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 audiobook 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 shows 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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unreal

so many things just fell into place listening to this. concepts and theories related to the world we live in today. hard to believe it's over 10 years old, nearly prophetic. one of the great modern works of Marxism. Russel Brand did a fantastic job narrating as well

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Difficult to follow for people new

Because I don't have a background in social studies, it was sometimes hard to follow. I had to lookup a lot of things during this book. But it was still an interesting read for someone who knows more about the subject than I do.

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Didn't really answer the question in the title.

There are a ton of citations given so there would be tons of additional reading should you want to dig deeper. The book itself though seems to just dwell on all of the negative impacts of capitalism on society and individuals but doesn't offer any alternatives.

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Excellent performance, essential listening

This is an excellent introduction for anyone wanting to get into (contemporary) critical theory. Russel Brand's performance is one of the best that I've heard in an audiobook. He makes you feel the emptiness of capitalism and the despair that the author feels about the way society is organized around profit and neoliberal imperatives.

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Important workNice "off the cuff" reading by Brand

Brand performs adequately and is less manic than usual. The material, as depressing as it is is the star here. We live inside systems beyond our ability to change as individuals and which act to increasingly alienate us from one another, frustrating any efforts to collectivise a meaningful/transformative response/alternative--yer we are acutely aware of the necessity for this change to occur.

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A lot of info in a small package

there was much information, examples, new theories and references to other political philosophers. A dense book but worth a listen! there's even a glimmer of hope at the end.

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  • Nick
  • 2021-05-15

Completely Unsubstantial

I was excited to read this book, hoping it would be a pragmatic analysis of possible alternatives to capitalism. It is far from that. This book is actually just shallow, anecdotal criticism of 'Capital Realism'. Capital Realism is the author's misleading brand of post modernism (A nefariously abstract and vague rabbit hole). The only insight this book offers is borrowed from other texts, which the author traps with his rhetorical and anecodtoal rants. While constantly pointing at 'Capital' as some malevolent entity that is the root of all modern adversity, the only solution the author offers is that neoliberalism is not the the answer. This is a feel good book for psuedo-intellectuals who want to get off on flowery rhetoric, not for anyone who seriously wants to explore the space.

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  • E. Stacy Creamer
  • 2021-02-20

A tour-de-force analysis of our current political/ social situation

Brilliant, incisive, riveting, unexpected. A must-listen for anyone concerned with our present and future—which I hope would be everyone. Fabulous narration by Russell Brand.

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  • Wayne
  • 2021-08-02

Stupid BS with horrid narration

I cannot believe I listened to the this crap. I was hoping that it would start to make sense but it never did.

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  • Robert Ross Jr.
  • 2021-05-20

A Wonderful Primer

Capitalist Realism serves a great way for those who are beginning their entrance into anti-capitalist thought to see and understand how the cultural and political forces of today are shaping the world.

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  • evan harris
  • 2021-05-06

A good book for left leaning peoples

Loved the short, to the point, progressive narrative. While the text is full of many intimidating references to films and events outside the text mark contextualizes and explains them enough to support his points. Russell Brand’s narration is good but sometimes hard to understand to these American ears, this is because of his accent mostly. Just be aware of that before you buy this book and listen to the sample. This text is short but a lot of thought provoking concepts and explorations. Also you will get a lot of great films to add to your watch list if you have not seen the many many films referenced in the text.

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  • Michelle Eldridge
  • 2021-07-13

Disapointing

This book was widely recommended but ultimately a disappointment. Although I think Fisher makes some good observations,, much of the book is wild speculation of the "kids these days" variety. It's as much the rantings of a frustrated educator as a critique of the culture of modern capitalism.

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  • Midnighter
  • 2021-06-29

What a Sad ending to a kindred soul

The weaving of significant movies with cultural philosophies and social commentaries provided great Ha holds for this reader, as the messages were abstract; notably Children of Men and The Parallax View analyses. RIP

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  • TheFrozenBiscuit
  • 2021-05-03

Very Good

Fisher lays out some excellent points and is spot on in illuminating the dystopian post history era that we live in. I disagree with a few of his conclusions throughout the book, but overall its well worth a read, because what he gets right is vitally important and not spoken about enough.

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  • Blake Cristobal
  • 2021-04-26

required reading

Mark Fisher's description of the modern political landscape is revelatory for any leftist who wants to understand the failures of the left.

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  • steveandtoni
  • 2022-11-04

Essential listening

Like fish we are not aware of the (capitalism) water that we are swimming in

Capitalism has changed us all for the worst and is destroying our planet despite the alternatives

I am buying the kindle version so that I can take my time reading it