US rulers’ ‘administrative state’ seeks to control workers’ lives

Vol. 85/No. 6 - February 15, 2021
The number of employees in the U.S. administrative state apparatus increased from 4 million in 1939 to 21.4 million today. Most are in administrative, regulatory, police and military departments, who maintain capitalist order and social relations of exploitation and oppression. Sharp drop in 2020 result of capitalist crisis after pandemic.

Starting out his presidency by issuing a swath of executive orders, Joe Biden, like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump before him, is strengthening the administrative state, an intrinsic part of modern U.S. capitalist rule. Through thousands of federal…