Class society

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Class societies are forms of society where people are divided into classes of exploited and exploiters.[1] It includes slavery, feudalism, capitalism, and socialism. Communism is a classless society that occurred in primitive societies and will occur after socialism when the state and classes dissolve.[2]


  1. Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels (1848). Manifesto of the Communist Party (German: Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei). [MIA]
  2. “And only then will democracy begin to wither away, owing to the simple fact that, freed from capitalist slavery, from the untold horrors, savagery, absurdities, and infamies of capitalist exploitation, people will gradually become accustomed to observing the elementary rules of social intercourse that have been known for centuries and repeated for thousands of years in all copy-book maxims. They will become accustomed to observing them without force, without coercion, without subordination, without the special apparatus for coercion called the state.”

    Vladimir Lenin (1917). State and Revolution: 'The Economic Basis of the Withering Away of the State; The Transition from Capitalism to Communism' (Russian: Государство и революция). [MIA]