There were internal obstacles to be swept away and dangers from aboard to be met.

The state is not "abolished", it withers away.[2][3].

The big question is whether America, with its raucous libertarian culture and dysfunctional democracy, can at this late stage rebuild its state capacity or become the ultimate victim of the first truly real-time global pandemic, no doubt one of many to come. Now comes the last chapter of this tortuous attempt to explain away an inconvenient truth.

[2], In the Soviet Marxism of the Soviet Union, Lenin supported the idea of the withering away of the state as seen in his The State and Revolution (1917). [2][4] In a communist society, the social classes would disappear and the means of production would have no single owner, hence such a stateless society will no longer require law and stateless communist society will develop. It proceeds from the concept of the transformation of the state in the previous stage of society called socialism.

Americans are complicit in their own demise. Socialism (which, of course, will be international – “Socialism in one country” in the midst of a capitalist world is a myth) will see the withering away of the State. His mantra celebrated the cult of the entrepreneur who could create wealth freely without the burdens of society weighing on his or her profit margins, while demoting the importance of education to upward mobility and dissing the role of taxation and regulation as critical pillars for maintaining the operating capacity of a complex modern society. The slogan, "withering away of the State," refers to this proletariat State; the "capitalist State" is forcibly overthrown." Retrieved from, Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State, From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,,,,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 September 2020, at 04:36. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as the saying goes.

[1][2][4][7], The concept of the withering away of the state differentiates traditional Marxism from state socialism (which accepted the retention of the institution of the state) and anti-statist anarchism (which demanded the immediate abolition of the state with no perceived need for any "temporary" post-revolutionary institution of the state).

When the coming spirit of the times — “government is the solution, not the problem” — regains credence, let’s hope it’s not too late. Pandemics are not the only challenge calling upon the restoration of state capacity. State interference in social relations becomes, in one domain after another, superfluous and then dies out of itself; the government of persons is replaced by the administration of things, and by the conduct of processes of production.

For Marxists, the “withering away” of the state means something quite different. Engels posits that—similar to the arguments made by Henri de Saint-Simon before him—in a socialist society public organization would become primarily concerned with technical issues such as the optimal allocation of resources and determination of production as opposed to drafting and enforcing laws and thus the traditional state functions would gradually become irrelevant and unnecessary for the functioning of society. The earlier Communist line was to claim that the Russian State was withering away. It will be noticed that whereas in the earlier explanation the State was said to be necessary in Russia because of the internal class struggle, the reason now given is vigilance against attack from without. He believed that at least in the short term the state had to have enough power to strike back against those elements seeking to derail the ultimate victory of communism. [4][5][6], Although Engels first introduced the idea of the withering away of the state, he attributed the underlying concept to Karl Marx, and other Marxist theorists—including Vladimir Lenin—would later expand on it. Retrieved from. This scenario depended on Marx's view of coercive power as a tool of those who own the means of production, i.e. In Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought. by the

Institute, The Light Bulb Of Collective Intelligence. Referring to the Stalinist theory of “Socialism in one country.” he said:–, “There were two aspects of this policy. In the wake of the COVID incompetence, Frank Fukuyama, who even more famously wrote about “the end of history” with the post-Cold War triumph of liberal democracy and free markets, has drawn the more profound conclusion about the pandemic and political order: “It takes a state,” he writes in the current issue of Foreign Affairs. Future historians will surely puzzle over what madness prompted a public revolt against healthcare accessible to all. Engels argued that the state transforms itself from a "government of people" to an "administration of things" and thus would not be a state in the traditional sense of the term. Published Public administration was demeaned as nothing more than meddlesome bureaucrats clogging up free enterprise with cumbersome paperwork.

Back during the first attempt at universal healthcare under the Clinton administration, first lady policymaker Hillary Clinton famously remarked that “it takes a village” for society to hang together, not just individuals doing their own thing. They talked the talk.

To-day there was no force within the Soviet Union capable of preventing the further development of Socialism and its gradual transition to Communism. Thus the Communist Labour Monthly (Sept. 1931) wrote: –, “There are, in fact, in the Soviet Union to-day ... elements of this ‘withering away’ already perceptible ...”, Some six months later Molotov, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars, admitted that the class struggle in Russia had not ended, and of course the existence of a class struggle means that the State must still exist. "Withering away of the state" is a Marxist concept coined by Friedrich Engels referring to the idea that, with realization of the ideals of socialism, the social institution of a state will eventually become obsolete and disappear as the society will be able to govern itself without the state … This “spirit of the times” seeped so deeply into that part of the body politic that held most sway — “the deep anti-state” as it were — that it inspired even a revolt against the idea of universal healthcare under President Barack Obama. Vigilance against attack from without had necessitated the rejection of the Marxist theory of the withering away of the State, based on the assumption of international Socialism, and the adoption of the Stalin theory of building a strong State with a powerful army and its own military science capable of winning in war and of achieving the military and diplomatic consolidation of victory.”.