Against the “Slow Cancellation of the Future”: RIP Mark Fisher

We were saddened to hear yesterday’s news of Mark Fisher’s unexpected death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. 

Fisher’s work on the notion of “capitalist realism” and interventions to the political imaginary of neoliberalism were critical to our intellectual formation as a collective. [1] What was integral to Fisher’s critique of the false utopianism of late capitalism was precisely the insistence against anti-utopianism as the logical counterpart to “There Is No Alternative.” As he writes,

If capitalist realism is so seamless, and if current forms of resistance are so hopeless and impotent, where can an effective challenge come from? A moral critique of capitalism, emphasizing the ways in which it leads to suffering, only reinforces capitalist realism. Poverty, famine and war can be presented as an inevitable part of reality, while the hope that these forms of suffering could be eliminated easily painted as naive utopianism. Capitalist realism…

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