Authority, Power and Policy in the USSR: Essays dedicated to by T. H. Rigby

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The process of growth of finance capital was the process whereby the big banks had monopolised the capital resources of the industrialised countries controlling all the inputs and outputs of the entire national economy. The big banks had therefore established, in Lenin's account, a ready-made structure of nation-wide accountancy and book-keeping - that essential pre-requisite for the administration of things. 23 Likewise the trusts and cartels had enormously simplified the task of the social appropriation ofthe industrial base.

10. 12. Weber, Theory of Economic and Social Organization, p. 367. , p. 369. 14. 'Synthetic' is used in the sense of contrived, manufactured from elements which are in part at least artificial. , which claim a charismatic legitimation, except in the means at its disposal to instil the required beliefs and attitudes. e. that the purported charismatic qualities do not actually exist; the force of charismatic legitimation rests on a beliefin such qualities whether they exist or not. In fact, a 'synthetic' charisma mayor may not rest on actual qualities ofits bearer, and in this respect there are obvious difference of degree (at least) between the original charisma of Lenin and the early Bolshevik movement on the one hand, and later Soviet leaders on the other.

As a result of this triple impost the living conditions, the real wages of the working class, were bound to fall. Class conflict was bound to become more pronounced and the imperialist state would be forced to arm itself directly against its own workers. The illusory neutrality of the bourgeois state, relatively easy to sustain in the earlier period of competitive capitalism, would be swept aside. The pattern of domination and subordination which the state embodied would be made inescapably apparent.

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