Popular Justice and The Rule of Law -- 1. Post Office.

Justin Schwartz jschwart at freenet.columbus.oh.us
Sat Feb 24 22:40:28 MST 1996

Quite right. I meant in their social functions, not their labor practices.

On Sat, 24 Feb 1996, Carrol Cox wrote:

>     If Justin thinks the Post Office is "class neutral" he hasn't worked
> in it. It is no more "class neutral" in respect to its work force than
> is GM or GE in regard to their work forces.
>     Probably the P.O. (and many other "service agencies") should not be
> considered part of "The State." Consider making a distinction between
> "State" and "Government." "State" is as old (or nearly as old) as class
> society; it consists of the coercive powers--prisons, police, courts, military,
> etc. Government is relatively new, and consists of those activities which
> would continue even after the "withering away of the state." Census Bureau.
> Post Office. Bureau of Standards. Schools. Garbage. Park Service. (All
> probably contain a mixture of what I am here calling "government" and "state,"
> but clearly they do not represent state power in the way that the police or
> the army or the court system do.)
>     But in a capitalist society these agencies are *also* in the first
> instances employers of labor, and as such they are not even remotely
> "class neutral."
>     Carrol
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