AskProfWolff: Marx, the State & Socialism

A patron of Economic Update asks: "In your work Understanding Marxism, you state that "Marx never suggested, contrary to what so many have said, that the state – the government – had to play some sort of ongoing, central role in what this future post-capitalist world would look like. Some later Marxists interpreted him to have suggested that, but it’s hard to find within Marx’s writings any idea like that.". However, in the Manifesto of the Communist Party: Chapter 2 one may read "The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the State, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible." How can you reconcile your assertion considering this?"


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