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sudo wrote

Communism is stateless, but not government-less. The state, as defined by Marx, is the parts of the government that are used to hold one class in submission, while ensuring the continuing rule of another. In bourgeois society, these are things like the police, courts, prisons, etc. In my opinion, this is an outdated, confusing definition for "state," but this is what we are stuck with when discussing Marxism.

So, when Marx says communism is stateless, he means there would be no government institutions to uphold the supremacy of one class over another, because class distinctions would have ceased to exist. There would still be a government, and there would still be laws.

Would a socialist or communist government make marijuana legal? Yes, I see no reason why they would continue to classify it as illegal.


An_Old_Big_Tree wrote

If you ever feel like it and want to post the parts of Marx that clearly make this state/government distinction in the setting of full communism, that'd probably be interesting for a lot of us.