what about inequalities between firms (market socialism)

tgs at cunyvms1.gc.cuny.edu tgs at cunyvms1.gc.cuny.edu
Thu Nov 3 20:47:55 MST 1994


It strikes me that I've left Justin off the hook by simply discussing
intra-firm inequality.  What about inter-firm?  Isn't there objective
evidence from Barcelona in the 30's that producer capitalism led to growing
inequalities between firms?  If Justin is saying that the profit motive
acts as a whip to spur satisfaction of demand, is not the threat posed
losing out to one's competitors in the great rat race?  And as Louis
has said, what happens to the workers, do they get pink slips for making
the wrong decisions?

Now i hear Justin rolling his eyes and saying, "But the state can take
care of that!"  But my whole point has been, besides the problem with
the commodificatin of labor and the fallling rate of profit, which are killers
in and of themselves, that the state is corrupted by the inequalities produced
by the market.  This is why even Rousseau, the founder of all this bunk about
how the political will can stand up to the evils of private property, insisted
that in his ideal state THERE MUST BE AS LITTLE COMMERCE AS POSSIBLE AMONG
WELL-NIGH INDEPENDENT, SELF-SUFFICIENT FARMERS.

Who regulates the regulator, when the regulators see their main chance in allowing
themselves to be paid off by the wealthiest worker-controlled firms? The
all-beneficient state, Justin, is no more to be trusted than the wondrously
labor-commodified and profit-declining market.


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