Short description of an American author's book (Herbert Schiller: The Corporate Takeover of Public Expression) discussing the consequences of information becoming a commodity and its ownership by certain interest groups.
There has been a debate whether the contemporary Western countries are capitalist class states, or are above classes – representing the common interests of the capitalists and the workers. On the basis of a functional analysis, the study comes to the conclusion that the governments simultaneously represent capitalist accumulation, charity, social interests as well as political interests serving social peace and their own administrative interests. As a result of this various functions are mixed in the price-, income-, and employment policy: their origin and development become confused.
Rules of capitalist development force the capitalist class to have a qualitatively expanded reproduction of the community labour force. With this the onesided specialisation of the individual work force is ended and the reproduction of the total capital is subordinated to the production of the total labour force: the history of the pre-communist societies comes to an end. Every society is doomed to failure which is based on the material capital accumulation. This is equally true of the classical capitalism based on the reproduction of separate private capital and of state monopoly socialism based on the accumulation of material total capital.