The sole purpose of the state is to keep the flow of capital running smoothly.
It administers and regulates the process with its government and legal system.
It enforces it with its military, police, prison complex, and security apparatus.
The dominant ideology of any society serves the interests of its ruling class. The only ideas allowed to participate in the capitalist marketplace are pro-system; any others are starved of support. The dominant culture tells us how to think and behave through the stories and myths of mainstream media, entertainment, and religion.
- It indoctrinates us in its schools.
- Its traditions train us in habits of individualism, competition, and subservience to authority.
- Its ideologies reinforce structural oppression such as misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia and nationalism.
The nuclear family, for example, is a self-policing social unit enforcing the domination of children and women, a personal mini-state right inside our own homes.