The Call Radio

The Call Radio


Episode 1.2 — Vivek Chibber on the State

October 08, 2018

This is the second in a series of three lectures, presented by The Call, on the fundamentals of Marxist politics by Vivek Chibber. In this lecture, Chibber discusses the state and its relationship to the capitalist class. In the liberal view, the state is fundamentally neutral, and all groups advocate for their interests within it on an even playing field. Marxists have a different idea. As Chibber explains, in the Marxist understanding the state works to defend and advance the interests of the capitalist class for structural, institutional, and for personal reasons. What constraints does the capitalist mode of production place on the state? How insurmountable are they? Please enjoy these lectures, and also be sure to check out The Call at socialistcall.com.