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"The state is a more acute problem then capital." Really? Is it even possible to make such a distinction in practice. The state has always existed together with capitalism or some previous form of class society. And class society has always had a state.

Class society is conflictual and divided among competitive classes and fractions of classes (and none more so than capitalist society, whose internal conflicts makes feudalism look like a utopian paradise). To hold it together, in the overall interests of the ruling class, requires a state, the stronger the better.

The state is a body of armed people and bureaucrats standing over the rest of society. It cannot survive unless people are organized to produce goods and services (including food, clothing, shelter, and weapons). It needs a system of production and a way to squeeze a surplus out of the working people in order to keep the state machinery going. In short, it needs a class society, such as capitalism.