Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Jun 13 09:29:10 MDT 1995

On Tue, 13 Jun 1995, Justin Schwartz wrote:

> .....I'm not saying that on
> balance the US govt is pro-labor and pro-civil rights. Au contraire. But
> the state is an arena of class struggle, not a mere instrument of class
> oppression.

Louis Proyect:
Is the state really an arena of class struggle? Do you think Lenin, in
addition to being a dictator, was also mistaken in the views put forward
in "State and Revolution?" Marxists have never abstained from electoral
struggles, and the parliament certainly is an arena of class struggle.
But the state itself? Do you believe that socialists could "take over"
the state peacefully and electorally in the United States? Do you think
that socialists can participate in the bourgeois state apparatus without
compromising their class loyalties, as socialists did just before WWI?

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