Postcapitalist Desire Lecture #5 & Intro Footnotes

Session Recap

Footnotes for our final two sessions are very belated indeed! But better late than never. These final two sessions, like the rest of the series, generated fantastic discussion, and even better reading lists! In particular, Fisher’s final lecture transcript ‘Libidinal Marxism’ had a lot to unpack, including his exploration of masochistic desire in Lyotard’s Libidinal Economy, (“hang tight and spit on me” anyone?). Fisher asks his students, what do we do about

“the complication of desire and capitalism, […] a kind of capitalist desire that is immanent to the working class.”

– Mark Fisher, Postcapitalist Desire

This lecture challenges us to acknowledge and explore the relationship between capitalism and our problematic desire in order to understand us what desire might look like in life beyond capitalism.

We decided to finish at the beginning, having our final session on Matt’s fantastic introduction to the book. This provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on all that we’d uncovered over the past 5 months, and the ideas and discussions which most spoke to us. This reading group has been an amazing opportunity to continue in our own small way the dialogue that Mark started for us, and begin to actually engage in the practices of group consciousness raising we have read and spoken so much about.

The series may have ended, but the conversation absolutely hasn’t!

We look forward to running many more events and series like this in future. But in the meantime, join us on Discord where the conversation continues.

Session footnotes are below, and the original reading list can be found here.

Books & Chapters

Debt : The First 5000 Years (Updated and Expanded): David  Graeber: 9781612194196: Books

David Graeber, Debt: the First 5000 Years, 2011


McKenzie Ward, Capital is Dead: Is This Something Worse?, Verso, 2021

Book cover of Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing

Rebecca Coleman, Glitterworlds: The Future Politics of a Ubiquitous Thing, Goldsmiths Press, 2020

The Space of Literature: A Translation of "L'Espace littéraire": Blanchot, Maurice, Smock, Ann, Smock, Ann: 9780803260924:  Books

Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literature, University of Nebraska Press, 1955

Acinemas: Lyotard's Philosophy of Film by Graham Jones | WHSmith

Graham Jones & Ashley Woodward (eds.), Acinemas: Lyotard’s Philosophy of Film, Edinburgh University Press, 2017

The Inhuman: Reflections on Time: Lyotard, Jean-Francois:  9780745612386: Books

Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Inhuman: Reflections on Time, 1991


Leigh Phillips & Michal Rozworski, The People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism, Verso, 2019


Robert Costanza, ‘Four visions of the century ahead: Will it be Star Trek, Ecotopia, Big Government, or Mad Max?’, The Futurist, February 1999

What’s Next?

Our Postcapitalist Desire series may have finished, but we’re planning something special for the summer, so watch this space. In the meantime, our first ever guest editorial for Alluvium journal has now been published! You can find our ‘Futurity in Crisis’ special edition here. We hope to see you all at the launch event later this month – we’ll be advertising details soon!

Next Week, Postcapitalist Desire #5 – Libidinal Marxism

We’re under a week away from our monthly Postcapitalist Desires reading group session, which will cover the fifth (and final) of Mark Fisher’s final lecture transcripts on Tuesday 23rd of March 1-3pm (GMT). If you haven’t yet registered for a link to the sessions, but would like to, please email or DM us on Twitter and we’ll set you up! 

As always with our Postcapitalist Desires sessions, it’s up to you how far you wish to delve into each lecture as there’s a wealth of material in each, but we do ask as a minimum that you read the relevant lecture transcript before the session.

In addition to lecture transcript #5 – ‘Libidinal Marxism’, should you wish, the extra reading for this session is:

  • Jean-François Lyotard, “The Desire Named Marx” in Libidinal Economy (London: Athlone Press, 1993), pp. 95–149


Like all of our series, these events are online and free. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time – get in touch and we’ll add you to the list. We’ll be sending out a Zoom link to everyone on the list nearer the time. Once you’ve registered, you don’t need to confirm attendance for each session – we’ll send you a fresh link every month. You also don’t need to commit to every session – just attend what you fancy (even if you miss the first session, there is more than enough material in each lecture for discussion).

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Matt Colquhoun Guest Lecture “A Brief History of the New”

Matt Colquhoun, “A Brief History of the New”

How do we free ourselves from the tyranny of the “post-“? Jumping off from Fisher’s unfinished lecture series, which ends with post-structuralism’s moment of absolute negation, this lecture will return to the philosophy’s beginnings, tracing a wandering line of abstraction from Heraclitus to the Ccru, considering how “the new” has been thought and we might begin to think “the new” anew again.

We’re very excited to announce that Matt Colquhoun, editor of the incredible Postcapitalist Desire: Mark Fisher’s Final Lectures, will be joining us April 21st 1-3pm for a special guest lecture titled “A Brief History of the New” to conclude our reading group series.

This event is free and will take place online. There are limited places at this event so we recommend you register early to avoid disappointment!

Follow the link below to register for this event.

Register here

In the meantime, we’ve been unpacking Mark’s lecture transcripts, chapter by chapter, in our monthly Postcap Desire reading group, so if you haven’t already, join us! We have two sessions to go before Matt’s lecture, covering the fifth and final of Mark’s transcripts (‘Libidinal Marxism’) and Matt’s introduction (‘No More Miserable Monday Mornings’), giving us plenty of time to dissect and discuss before his guest lecture on the 21st. If you’d like to join the final sessions of our reading group, get in touch to register for this free, informal and friendly online series.

Postcapitalist Desire Schedule:

  • Tuesday 24th November, 1-3pm – Lecture 1 What is Postcapitalism?
  • Tuesday 15th December, 1-3pm – Lecture 2 “A Social and Psychic Revolution of Almost Inconceivable Magnitude”: Countercultural Bohemia as Prefiguration
  • Tuesday 26th January, 1-3pm – Lecture 3 From Class Consciousness to Group Consciousness
  • Tuesday 23rd February, 1-3pm – Lecture 4 ‘Union Power and Soul Power’
  • Tuesday 23rd March, 1-3pm – Lecture 5 ‘Libidinal Marxism’
  • Tuesday 12th April, 1-3pm – Introduction ‘No More Miserable Monday Mornings’
  • Wednesday 21st April, 1-3pm – Matt Colquhoun Guest Lecture