Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
ISBN: 1846943175
EAN13: 9781846943171
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 16, 2009
Pages: 81
Dimensions: 0.2" H x 8.66" L x 5.51" W
Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

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.

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   Disappointing
The ranting nature almost made me go to McDonalds, Mr. Dhaliwal said. Capitalism has its problems, and there are alternatives, he said. The book does not shed any light on either of these issues.
 
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   Arrived fast, good introduction for teenagers about the real world
My daughter wanted this, she is at the stage of learning about the capitalist world and how to live in it, her mom said. We had many discussions about the alternatives, including the possibility of a hybrid system. He suggests that the state create a strong social net for everyone, not just the super-rich.
 
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   Food for thought
What a great discussion about how neoliberalism has affected society and people, he said. A little light on what can be done, but an essential nourishing work.
 
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   terrible. I now use it as a flyswatter
Anecdotal, non-empirical, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. Bad guys, terrible movies. It's great to use it as a flyswatter, Mr. Dhaliwal said. I came in with an open mind, and have concluded that Zero Books is neo-Marxist propaganda.
 
4
   Eye opening but no punch line
Both were masters of argument and writing. However, I was hoping for the glimmer of the contemporary alternative, and in not finding one fear that the author couldn't quite break free of capital realism either.
 
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   "Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? " is ...
There is no alternative to capitalism, argues Robert Heingold of the Cato Institute. Hardcover'' by Robert Hein is available for sale from the capitalist publishing company Zero Books, for the decidedly capitalist price of £7.99 for paperback and £5.99 for the e-book. The book is rated PG-13, and all jokes aside, is hard to take seriously. For example, Fisher seems unaware that many people of prominence opposed the bank bailouts in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis, even though such opposition would undermine his thesis.
 
5
   A remarkable piece of work. Instantly on my list ...
A tad short for the price of $12 in my opinion, but I have no regrets about the purchase and support of the estate of Mark Fisher and his publisher, Zero Books. He leaves behind a wife who he never seemed to find happiness in life.
 
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