Of Capitalist Reform


“Reform has been a major characteristic of capitalist regimes—not surprisingly since reform has been a sine qua non of their perpetuation.  What is perhaps less obvious is that it is the state upon which has fallen the prime responsibility for the organization of reform.  Power-holders inside the state system have been well aware of the responsibility, and have acted upon that awareness, not because they were opposed to capitalism, but because they wanted to maintain it.”

Ralph Miliband, Marxism and Politics, 1977


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