Law and Order
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Law and Order
the system of social relations arising from the law in force. Law and order always reflects the most important aspects and features of a socioeconomic system. The classics of Marxism-Leninism assert that state power has always protected a system—the existing social structure. They interpret law and order as a normal, regular, and legally binding order of the life of society. They view law and order in close relationship with law and the political system of a particular society or state. In a bourgeois state, law and order is characterized by the political dominance of the bourgeoisie, dominance of private ownership of the implements and means of production, and exploitation of one person by another.
In a socialist state, law and order is a system of social relations that meets the interests of a majority of the population or all the people. The basic features of contemporary sociopolitical order, which has developed in the USSR as a result of the victory of socialism, are the principle features of Soviet socialist law and order. Among these features are the exercising of political power by all the Soviet people, a socialist economic system and socialist ownership of the implements and means of production, a democratic state system, equality of all nationalities and peoples, the leadership of the CPSU in society and the state, and socialist equality and freedom of the people.