guns & purses & power

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Tue Oct 17 10:12:08 PDT 2000

>>> jmhayes at 10/17/00 12:00PM >>>
James continued earlier:

>> I guess the American example shows that the ideological grip of
>> the powers-that-be over the masses means that the literal monopoly
>> of force can be relaxed without jeopardising state power.

Which is an excellent point: just because you don't have a strict monopoly on power doesn't mean the State doesn't have effective control of the population through other means.


CB: Sounds like Gramsci. Although , I'd substitute the word "force" for "power" in what you say. The state doesn't have even a loose monopoly on power in the U.S. The U.S. ruling class is in the private sector, where power is monopolized - the power of the purse, so to speak.

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