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Why capitalism is not democratic

Introduction to Marxism

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.

Recommended Reading

The State and Revolutionin Lenin Internet Archiveby V.I. Lenin
What do socialists say about democracy?in International Socialist Review by Paul Le Blanc
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