Plans: cool or uncool?

Matt D. afn02065 at afn.org
Mon Nov 20 14:15:11 MST 1995


Robert Peter Burns wrote:


>       3. that because of the blindingly obvious fact that, however
>       you add up the pluses and minuses, all previous *attempts* at
>       instituting a totally planned economy have not resulted, to say
>       the least, in vast increases in working-class enthusiasm for
>       the cause of socialism

What would you say about the period from 1917 - 1953, when the
Soviet Union enjoyed greater prestige among the international
working class than any other political formation in history?

What would you say about the post-war national liberation movements,
nearly all of which made some move in the direction of socialism --
whether correctly or incorrectly by your standards -- and many of which
were thoroughly and avowedly socialist (China, Vietnam, Cuba after
'61 [?], et al.).

It seems patently untrue, to say the least, that all previous attempts
at instituting a totally planned economy have not resulted in vast
increases in working-class enthusiasm for the cause of socialism.

Indeed, it is these very attempts -- with their amazing successes and
their depressing failures -- that have done more than anything else
to increase the influence and prestige of socialism among the
international working class.

I think you are tending towards idealism in your perspective.

-- Matt D.



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