Why It’s So Hard To Imagine Life After Capitalism


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There’s a common expression, “it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” When the current economic model is seen more as an immutable force of nature than a system created by humans in the recent past, it becomes much harder to imagine actually changing it into something better. Let’s explore the idea of capitalist realism.

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Citations and Further Reading:

Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism and Communist Realism
https://books.google.com/books?id=75Y…

Communist Realism


https://libcom.org/article/capitalist…

The Capitalist Gaze (and The Usual Suspects quote)
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13110…

Tony Blair’s quote
https://www2.assemblee-nationale.fr/e…

Pete Buttigieg’s quote
https://jacobin.com/2022/05/pete-butt…

Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid a Factor of Evolution
https://books.google.com/books?id=uDA…

Slavoj Zizek, The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto
https://books.google.com/books?id=psa…

Alain Badiou quote
https://www.lacan.com/badiou-on-evil.htm

More on capitalist realism
https://socialistproject.ca/2020/09/r…

https://diadelics.medium.com/fishers-…

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3 Responses to Why It’s So Hard To Imagine Life After Capitalism

  1. Daedalus Lex says:

    Yes, we need to imagine life after capitalism, but my thoughts (one perspective among many, I know) are that the next era will have to grow out of the liberal democracies associated with capitalism. The present alternatives on the world stage don’t seem promising to me. But if the evolutionary trends pushing through those liberal democracies can throw off the capitalist husk, some new model of human relations and fulfillment might come out of it. “Who knows,” says Kerouac in “The Dharma Bums” — “the world might wake up and burst into a beautiful flower.”

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