Re: [OPE-L] Workers states

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Tue May 24 2005 - 12:18:05 EDT

At 11:22 23/05/2005, Paul C wrote:
>Why not Democracy - rule by the demos - the poor ordinary people

The idea of the workers' state or the 'dictatorship of the proletariat' was
that it was a state within capitalism that was used by the proletariat to
uproot/destroy capitalist relations of production and thus the basis for
classes (including a proletariat as such). You can call it whatever you
want (and 'the dictatorship of the proletariat' is a political non-starter
after its misuse), but the class content/objective should be clear.
Michael A. Lebowitz
Professor Emeritus
Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6

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