Macon Holt

Macon Holt fra ark books anbefaler en bog til kbh læser der i 2018 har temaet MANIFEST: Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher

The cultural theorist Mark Fisher took his own life earlier this year. This was an unqualified tragedy, especially for those closest to him. But his loss is also a real loss for everyone invested in the project of emancipatory politics. Books remain unwritten.

His first book, Capitalist Realism (2009), is remarkable for a number of reasons, but chief among them is that it takes seriously the leftist project of which it is a part, not only at the level of content but of form. It is a short book, which has been written with incredible clarity, that engages some of the most complex cultural and political theory ever produced as a matter of concrete urgency. Through the analysis of political struggles, popular culture, and by politicising mental health, Mark was able to make the abstract appear tangible and the insurmountable seem possible.

Mark’s writing in this book offered a starting point for many who had suspected something was deeply amiss with the world around them but had been prevented from the feeling there was any way to question it by the cloistered impenetrability of the academic left. And to those already submerged in the academy’s linguistic excesses, it issued a sharp reminder to cut the crap. There is too much at stake.

To close by quoting from the end of the book, which I believe is best served by being spoiled;

The long, dark night of the end of history has to be grasped as an enormous opportunity. The very oppressive pervasiveness of capitalist realism means that even glimmers of political and economic possibilities can have a disproportionately great effect. The tiniest event can tear a hole in the grey curtain of reaction which has marked the horizons of possibility under capitalist realism. From a situation in which nothing can happen, suddenly anything is possible again.

Catch Macon’s obituary for Mark Fisher at Ark Review also :

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