Marx - The state on capitalist society As the most...

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The state on capitalist society As the most important part of the superstructure, the state is used by the dominant class in any society to enhance its own interests. Under capitalism the state is an agent of the interests of the bourgeoisie. They use the state to help maintain their domination over the proletariat and the state will always support the interests of the bourgeoisie over those of the proletariat. Part of their technique is to develop an ideology convincing the workers that the current system is good for everybody. On Religion As part of the superstructure, religion, like the state is just another tool of domination by the dominant class in society. Under Capitalism, the bourgeoisie use religion and the church to cloak their rule. For example, promise of a better existence in a heavenly afterlife is used to take the workers’ minds off the misery of their current earthly existence. Religion is, in Marx’s famous phrase, the “the opiate of the people”. The Decline of Capitalism The capitalists are no freer in the system than the worker. He must maximize his surplus value and hence the exploitation of his workers in a deadly competition with other capitalists. Ife he does not he will lose
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