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Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?

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Russell Brand

2 Hours 48 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

March 2021


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It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. 

Since the events of 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system — a situation that the banking crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. 

This book analyses the development and principal features of this 'capitalist realism' as a lived ideological framework. Using examples from politics, film (Children Of Men, Jason Bourne, Supernanny), fiction (Le Guin and Kafka), work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience and is anything but realistic, and asks how capitalism and its inconsistencies can be challenged. 

A sharp analysis of the post-ideological malaise that suggests that the economics and politics of free-market neoliberalism are givens rather than constructions, Capitalist Realism is one of the most important political books of the last decade.

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