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Impossibilism is a theory on the emergence of socialism and a Marxist perspective that stresses the limited value of political, economic and social reforms within a capitalist economy. It argues that the pursuit of such reforms is counterproductive because they strengthen support for the existing system, thereby helping to ensure the continuation of capitalism. Impossibilism holds that the pursuit of such reforms should not be a major concern for socialists because they are irrelevant, if not counter-productive, to the goal of realizing socialism.