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    Fisherism is an accelerationist philosophy of Mark Fisher - a British cultural critic, theorist, and author known for his work in cultural studies, philosophy, and political theory. Fisher's ideas were influential in contemporary discussions on capitalism, mental health, and popular culture.

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    Capitalist Realism[edit | edit source]

    Capitalist Realism is a term coined by the British cultural theorist Mark Fisher in his book "Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?" published in 2009. It refers to the widespread belief and acceptance that capitalist market-driven systems are the only viable and realistic way to organize society.

    Fisher's central concept is "capitalist realism," which refers to the pervasive belief that capitalism is the only viable socio-economic system. He argued that even those critical of capitalism often find it challenging to envision alternatives. Capitalist realism leads to a sense of resignation and an inability to imagine a different future.

    Capitalist Realism encapsulates the idea that capitalism is not only an economic system but also a pervasive and all-encompassing cultural and ideological framework that shapes our understanding of the world. It manifests as a form of ideological dominance, where alternative modes of social organization or economic systems are considered unimaginable or impossible.

    Depoliticization of Culture[edit | edit source]

    Fisher critiqued the depoliticization of culture, asserting that neoliberal capitalism tends to strip away political and collective agency. He argued that under capitalism, culture becomes a commodity and is often reduced to mere entertainment, distracting individuals from engaging in meaningful political or social critique.

    Postmodernism and Neoliberalism[edit | edit source]

    Fisher examined the relationship between postmodernism and neoliberalism, contending that the two are intertwined. Postmodernism, with its skepticism of grand narratives and emphasis on individual experience, aligns well with the neoliberal emphasis on individualism and the erosion of collective identity.

    Hauntology[edit | edit source]

    Fisher introduced the concept of "hauntology," borrowing from the term in Jacques Derrida's work. He used it to describe the persistence of past cultural forms in the present, signifying a sense of nostalgia and loss. Hauntology reflects the difficulty of breaking free from the cultural and ideological hold of the past, hindering the emergence of genuinely new and alternative visions.

    Mental Health and Precarity[edit | edit source]

    Fisher explored the impact of neoliberal capitalism on mental health, arguing that conditions of precarity and insecurity contribute to an epidemic of mental health issues. He criticized the commodification of mental health care and the pharmaceutical industry's role in shaping the discourse around mental illness.

    Education and Cultural Production[edit | edit source]

    Fisher discussed the changes in education under neoliberalism, highlighting the shift from education as a public good to a market-driven enterprise. He argued that education has become increasingly instrumental, geared toward producing skilled workers rather than fostering critical thinking and creativity.

    Desire for Alternatives[edit | edit source]

    Despite the bleak analysis of capitalist realism, Fisher emphasized the importance of rekindling a desire for alternatives. He believed that the Left needed to develop a positive vision and cultural interventions that could challenge the dominant capitalist narrative and offer realistic alternatives.

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