Marx and capital

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I thought the last issue (Socialist Review, March 2008) was particularly well aimed against capital.

Marx wrote that the state was the "committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie".

Chris Harman uses a Guardian report about a Downing Street breakfast with ten CEOs. The Observer put it thus: "...a small coterie of multinational company chairmen had met key officials at Number 10 and pledged support for Tony Blair's war on Iraq if tax breaks on multimillion pound executive pensions were retained."

This rare documentation of the existence of a sickeningly cynical ruling class shows it is business as usual, approving the politicians' use of the military, providing their own interests are guaranteed - through juicy war contracts and privileged pensions.

Nigel Coward