The State is a 'machine' of repression, which enables the ruling classes to ensure their domination over the working class, thus enabling the former to subject the latter to the process of surplus-value extortion (i.e. to capitalist exploitation).
Louis Althusser critiques Michel Verret's response to the May 1968 uprisings, and in so doing indirectly critiques the French Communist Party's handling of the situation. Available for the first time in English.
Louis Althusser did not often given television interviews. A rare exception was his April 1980 appearance on the Italian Radio Television (RAI) program Multimedia Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences. Below is a transcript of his conversation with host Renato Parascandolo, translated by Ron Salaj.