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The State and Revolution

The Marxist Theory of the State & the Tasks of the Proletariat in the Revolution By Vladimir Lenin

In the ongoing debate on State Capture, sparked here by Greg Mashaba’s article http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/the-state-capture-debate-limitations-of-current-applications-and-definitions/ and a critique of the article by Themba Vryman http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/zuma-phenomenon-was-state-capture-of-a-special-kind/ Mashaba sent us Vladimir Lenin’s thesis “The State and Revolution”, to which he refers in the article.  Lenin describes the role of state in society and the need for a proletarian revolution.

The Observer summarises the book in this way: “The current state machinery in capitalist countries is a tool of the capitalist classes. Parliament is a “talking shop” which the gentry use as a stepping stone to subsequent careers in finance

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