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An Alternative Judicial Concept

Marxism and Justice

To summarize, law and justice are judicial concepts.

Judicial concepts belong to the superstructure which is determined by the mode of production.

A society will thus have a conception of justice that fits and grows naturally out of its mode of production.

Capitalist exploitation is just in a capitalist mode of production but unjust in a communist mode of production.

It is wrong therefore, to ascribe some universal form of justice applicable to all modes of production.

A future communist society will not be ‘more just’ than capitalism, it will simply have a conception of justice that fits its mode of production; a mode of production where capitalist exploitation doesn’t exist.

Allen Wood fleshes out this argument in his book _Karl Marx_ and his article “Marx and the Critique of Justice” Philosophy and Public Affairs, V1 no. 3 1972

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