Complexities of the Capitalistic State

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Complexities of the capitalistic state reinforce the higher economic class, while crises between classes in society will reset the socially constructed inequalities. Social inequalities become perpetrated by the state, by upholding the higher class. The way to equalize the classes is for overthrow the state and expose the contradictions of capitalism. Quinney states that the role of the state in capitalist society is to defend the interests of the ruling class” (Quinney 2001 261). The state defends the ruling class interests through the creation of law. The law, created by people of power, structures the class system. Distinctions of classes are based on social characteristics. This dominance in society is “maintained and promoted” …show more content…
. Quinney fights that any action of the state is done to benefit the higher class in the capitalist system. The state does not act as a third party in conflict, but solely reinforces the higher classes. Meanwhile, the conflicts between the classes are rooted in the economics of society. The state holds citizens in their respective classes, politically and economically, even though our nation is declared to be democratic. A critical analysis of our societal legal order, according to Quinney, must observe certain aspects of crime control in the capitalist state (Quinney 2001 262). First, a look into the nature of the state must be made. The state was designed as a system, which is designed to oppress lower classes. The second assessment is the determination of the relationship between the dominating economic class and the state, which is not distinguished between the ruling class and the state. The important questions posed in this aspect are to discover how the ruling class came to rule, and how the state governs in a way to maintain the inequalities. The third observation in assessing the legal order is to observe how the state develops in comparison to the capitalist economy. Engles is quoted to argue that the development of the state is to become an entity which protects the “riches of individuals” (Quinney 2001 263) in opposition to
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