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Repressive State Apparatus in action

by Critical Commons Manager

Althusser's theory of the RSA and ISA, Repressive State Apparatus and Ideological State Apparatus respectively, is illuminating when viewing this clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Whereas King Arthur claims his legitimacy through invocation of an ideological system of value (women lying in ponds, distributing swords), but ultimately resorts to direct, repressive measures to enforce his authority over the peasantry.

An example of the repressive state apparatus in action

The king of the Britons represses an impudent peasant

from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
Creator: Terry Gilliam
Posted by Critical Commons Manager