State and Revolution

State and Revolution


by Vladimir Lenin
International Publishers, New York, 1932
Papercover – 103 pages


The concept of the state is fundamental to understanding capitalist society and the revolutionary process. “The state is a product and a manifestation of the irreconcilability of class antagonisms. The state arises where, when and insofar as class antagonism objectively cannot be reconciled. And, conversely, the existence of the state proves that the class antagonisms are irreconcilable, Lenin writes in State and Revolution.

This important booklet clarifies what Engels and Marx said about the conditions in which the state exists and its role in class society. Lenin counters the distortions that are propagated by bourgeois writers and explains the well-known term “withering away of the state”.