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Prisons, police and parliaments: understanding the capitalist state

11:45am Fri 29 Mar

About this session

Marxists argue that the capitalist state – parliament, police, the legal system, the education system and more – enforces the interests of the rich. This goes beyond corporate lobbying, political donations, racist policing or unequal laws – but is fundamental to the nature of the capitalist state.

How to understand the state is one of the core debates in the socialist movement, and shapes socialist strategy: Is it possible to reform the system through parliament? Should socialists boycott elections? What does it mean to ”smash" the state? This session will engage with all these important questions.

Recommended Reading

Chapter 3 from Introducing Marxismby Tom Bramble
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