The Classical-Liberal Roots of Marxist Class Analysis

“The laissez-faire liberals understood that state violence is used by government agents, employees, and benefactors to exploit the rest of the population. Thus, the liberals understood the economic and political important of “class warfare.” Later, though, the Marxists twisted the idea to claim that capitalists “exploit” the workers.”

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