User:Electrified mocha chinchilla/Capitalist realism

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Capitalist realism is a term referring to capitalism's status as the default socioeconomic system for which viable alternatives do not exist and, more importantly, cannot be imagined. It has been used by theorists such as Mark Fisher and Slavoj Zizek to describe society's modern order, where capitalism is assumed to be the most natural, humane, sustainable, etc., system developed thus far, and movements to replace this system have been intentionally marginalized or otherwise failed to adapt their critiques and platforms.[1]

It functions as a form of hyperreality, wherein the subjects of capitalist realism regard capitalism as an integral part of reality itself rather than as a contingent system whose development is comparatively recent in human history.


  1. Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher