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The state is like God some believe that its the all mighty powerful being that controls all and others just think its a big overblown idea The idea of the state and God is fairly confusing but rarely ever challenged except by those rare few who seem to form their own opinions The state is thought to be merely an idea an ideological thing or an abstract formal idea I know that the state is not an object and it doesnt seem logical to me that the state would be an abstract formal idea the only logical explanation for the state is that of it being an idea The state can also be seen to hold unknown amounts of power How the state gets this power why the state emerged to form this power and why the people legitimize this power is debatable In search for a better way of explaining the idea of power I turn to Marxism If the state were as Marx thinks it a real- concrete object everything about the state would be a whole lot easier to explain The state is an idea not a thing There is an integration of class societies that make up the state that allow the state to have the power that it does The classes come together to form some sort of balance within itself which then gives that state utter and total control of the society The state enables certain classes to hold more power than other classes Class power is exercised through specific institutions which are accordingly identified as power centres Abrams 74 The power centres that the state gives to the certain classes are the institutions that hold this power Given that it would then be thought to have a simple answer as to what state power really is the power of the classes That isnt where the state holds its central power its just where power is exercised With the
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