In and against the state

Mitchell, Jeanette; Mackenzie, Donald; Holloway, John; Cockburn, Cynthia, et al

Publisher:  London Edinburgh Weekend Return Group
Year Published:  1980   First Published:  1979
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX12527

The state is not neutral. It does provide services and resources which most of us need – education, health care, social security. But it does not do so primarily for the good of the working class. It does it to maintain the capitalist system. Although the state may appear to exist to protect us from the worst excesses of capitalism, it is in fact protecting capital from our strength by ensuring that we relate to capital and to each other in ways which divide us from ourselves, and leave the basic inequalities unquestioned.

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