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Single Idea 5302

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 9. Communism]

Full Idea

The executive of the modern State is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.


The 'bourgeoisie' are the owners of the means of production

Gist of Idea

Modern governments are just bourgeois management committees


K Marx / F Engels (The Communist Manifesto [1848], 1)

Book Reference

Marx,K./Engels,F.: 'The Communist Manifesto', ed/tr. Taylor,A.J.P. [Penguin 1973], p.82

A Reaction

In Britain the Labour Party and the Trade Unions have appeared since 1848, but bourgeoisie control of the media has pushed us a long way back towards Marx's time. Government will always be someone's management committee.