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This selection of essays from K-Punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016) brings together the best of Fisher's political writing. Ranging across topics from UK and American politics to communist realism, football, and depression, as well as including the unpublished introduction to what would have been his next book on acid communism, K-Punk: Politics shows Fisher at his most combative and incendiary, wrangling with the contradictions and complexities of capitalism and setting out the way forward into a more just, fair, and equal future for all.

©2020 Mark Fisher (P)2020 Repeater Books

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can't recommend it enough

it is an amazing book if you're trying to discover a new framework to analyse the neoliberal glasses that are glued to our faces.

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Amazing book

Mark fisher is a great writer and his premature death was a tragic loss to the philosophical world. This book is both philosophically rigorous and easily digestible/approachable. Fishers practical use of philosophy is unparalleled and is use of popular culture is instructive. This book is easy essential reading for those who seek to theorize the 21st century and the neoliberal hellscape of late capitalism

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  • P. J. Burn
  • 12-01-20

Top Writings...

If only we had a mind like this making some kind of sense in this now 'post everything' world. A sad loss to the 21st century.

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  • Rhys
  • 06-20-21

The weakest title from a Brilliant thinker

I love Mark. His works are insightful, innovative, and engaging. Postcapitalist Desire and Capitalist Realism are truly excellent works, the former I feel is in contest for the book of 2021. However, while I was not expecting the same rigour from his blog, I think Mark fails to overcome the very problems he has criticised throughout his career leaving this book a bit of a tarnishing on his otherwise excellent record.

Mark finds himself impaled on the horns of the same bull as Corbyn. A left wing that has run away from underneath them. Mark gets caught up in the movements and mood of the movements rather than analysis of the movements themselves. The SNP are no freer than any other party from Capitalist Realism, he glosses over the role of nationalist sentiments too. His failure to acknowledge any positives or to be almost conspiratorially sceptical of anything the Tories have done is tone deaf and often incorrect. Thats not to say I am fan of the Tories, but essentialism, the idea that the Tories are almost ontologically bad is unhelpful and critically hypocritical. I feel positive about the way he engaged the shift in support to UKIP as more of a cry for help than some blot on the voters conscience. However, it is on his treatment of the English that I feel his work loses the most credibility. His self hatred, hatred for England and general anglo-phobia is entirely overblown, self-flagellationary, nonsense. I dont really care what you say about the English, but the fetishisation of Europe (a problem for many in academia) is entirely independent of truth. Thats not to say Europe is worse or better, its just in a different colour of the same boat. The same goes goes for Scotland etc.
In summary, there are conflicts between the academic mark with a grasp of social currents, economics, and anthropology, and the mark of the labour party and the left. Between group think, and sticking to ones guns, between being an independent voice and leader of a movement, and being an unquestioning follower of ideas he is not entirely reconciled towards.

All in all, if you are a member of labour an really care about the party, you will like this book and it has some use as a tool for articulating the opinions you potentially already have. In that sense, his works are a fantastic collection phrases. Useful for this purpose and why I have allocated it 3 stars when really I thought it was worth less if we judge it against other works in his name.

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  • isaac kneebone-hopkins
  • 11-11-20

The best left wing theory around

This audio book is spot on. Great introduction to Marks work. The reader's tone is spot on, just the right level of sarcasm.

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  • 12-02-20

A sober analysis of a capitalist realist world

Mark offers a clear and cathartic analysis for a world that is ever-confusing. Great and fitting performance too.