London meeting: Capitalist realism and education


Author of Capitalist Realism (Zero Books), Mark Fisher is the speaker at this meeting jointly organised by the CPGB and Communist Students. All are welcome, and there will be plenty of time for discussion. Mark sent us this intro, which gives a taster of his talk.

Recent changes in the funding of higher education in the UK have been used to further embed ‘capitalist realism’ – the widespread view that there is no alternative to capitalism and that the only ‘realistic’ thing to do is adapt to a world dominated by capital.

The massive increase of fees in HE has nothing to do with ‘paying down the deficit’ and everything to do with enslaving the young into  psychological and economic dependence on capital.

The student movement of 2010 saw the beginnings of a struggle against this capitalist realism in education, but the students failed in their aim to block the fee increase. What can be done now to continue – and eventually win – the fight?

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Location: Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8JR Map

Starts: 19:00, Monday 22 October 2012

Ends: 21:00, Monday 22 October 2012

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