Communists and the state

We are often told that politicians, courts, the police and all the other trappings of the state are simply neutral arbiters of justice that act in the best interests of all. In reality, however, communists understand that this is a mere smokescreen for the concrete class interests that underpin the state. This talk will expose the role played by capitalist states in defending the present system of oppression and exploitation, and explain how a workers’ state would ensure the transition to communism after the revolution.

Reading list


The state: a lecture delivered at the Sverdlov University –  Lenin

Marxism and the state – Phil Mitchinson

Marxism and the state – Alan Woods 


State and Revolution – Lenin

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The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State – Friedrich Engels

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What is the state, and how do we smash it? – Ben Gliniecki

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