The Shock of the New: The Political Unconscious and the Future of Hope

so hard for many folks to come to terms with the alltoohuman and therefore tragic limits of our capacities to manage ourselves and our creations,

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What happens if the young are no longer capable of producing surprises?

– Mark Fisher,   Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative?

In a world without hope, a world where despair and cynicism are the only thing left between living and dying, when life-in-death has actually and literally become the truth of existence where the absolute zero of sterility spells the end of the future Mark Fisher asks: “how long can a culture exist without the new?”1 Speaking of Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón, based on P. D. James’s 1992 novel he will tell us that this dystopian parable “connects with the suspicion that the end has already come, the thought that it could well be the case that the future harbors only reiteration and re-permutation” (p. 3). Such political pundits as Francis Fukuyama would with the fall of communism tell…

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