Left of Suspicion: Outgrowing the Modern Left

The left has become ingrained in capitalism itself. As Mark Fisher puts it: “After all, and as Žižek has provocatively pointed out, anti-capitalism is widely disseminated in capitalism. Time after time, the villain in Hollywood films will turn out to be the 'evil corporation”. (Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism, chapter 2, page 16). The biting critiques of the situationists, and before that the frankfurtian critical theory has been replaced by pink capitalism (capitalism that is pretending to care about minorities, but is actually harming them) and infighting. There is no more suspicion of authority structures anymore. In fact, while we claim to oppose capitalism and the state, we are encouraging it, making us part of the Capitalist Realist system.

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