Why capitalism is not democratic
About this session
We are often told that the state is a neutral body, necessary to manage human society. But state institutions like the parliament, the police force, the army and the judiciary are modern constructions, purpose-built for the capitalist system. This session will look at the role of the state in capitalism, from its repressive and bureaucratic aspects through to its so-called democratic features. It will also look at the question of whether there can be genuine democracy under capitalism.