Capitalist Realism versus Fighting for Ourselves
Hey, why not choose both? Thursday evening offers two talks at convenient intervals with cheap falafel to be found on the way between the two venues.
“Blogger and Author of Capitalist Realism, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, and contributor to The Guardian, Frieze, The New Statesman and Sight & Sound, Mark Fisher is among the most acute and respected cultural and political commentators writing today. On Feb 28, he will give a lecture entitled ‘The Slow Cancellation of the Future’ as part of the History of Art department at Edinburgh University’s Graduate Research Seminar series. Free and open to the public [at Edinburgh Art College, Lecture Room 1, Minto House, 20 Chambers Street]
We are living in times of unprecedented attacks on our living conditions on all fronts, of rising social tensions and sometimes violent eruptions of class conflict. And yet if anything, the surprise is not that there has been riots and the odd strike, but that there have been so few. How are we to make sense of this. How are we to fight back, to take the initiative? Against capitalism, what do we w…ant to put in its place? The 20th century discredited state socialism, and rightly so. But with it, a whole history of international class struggle, of revolutions and counter-revolutions, victories and defeats, spontaneous uprisings and vast workers’ organisation has been eclipsed too.
The book aims to recover some of the lost history, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions.