False Class Consciousness

Traditional Marxists note that the proletariat, despite being exploited by the bourgeoisie, mostly accept bourgeois rule, seeming to consider it normal, unavoidable or even desirable. They argue that this happens because the bourgeoisie transmit their ideology through what Louis Althusser termed ideological state apparatuses that led to the workers not having class consciousness (being conscious of their social class and how it was treated in the class system) and instead taking on the bourgeois ideology itself: to have a misguided or false view of their own position in society. As such Marxists would argue that most criminal law is there to defend the interests of the bourgeoisie, but most of the proletariat wrongly believe that it also protects their own interests.

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