Chaos? It would take gods.

Chris M. Sciabarra sciabrrc at is2.NYU.EDU
Tue Sep 19 06:32:57 MDT 1995


On Tue, 19 Sep 1995, Chris Burford wrote:

> Chris S wrote:
> "it would take more than a race of superbeings to
> create and sustain a socialist society.  It would take gods and goddesses."
> And by a free association I was suddenly reminded of the dramatic end of
> James Baldwin's "Another Country"
> "Then even his luggage, belonged to him again, and he strode through
> the barriers, more high-hearted than he had ever been as a child,
> into that city which the people of heaven had made their home."
> As a citizen of New York, Chris S may find it particularly
> difficult to take the point, but for marxists we all partake in
> divinity.

S:

	Worse yet, Chris... I've been a native-born resident of BROOKLYN,
New York for all my 35 years!  Given that this is a city of extremes, I
think one of those extremes is probably divinity after all!  Lord knows,
you do need the patience of a saint to live in the Naked City.

B:

> And if Chris S is implying that there would be no contradictions,
> disagreements, chaotic events even, under socialism, who ever said
> that gods and goddesses were without their disagreements
> and misunderstandings?

S:
	Well, I have no doubt that there will be disagreements and
misunderstandings... what concerns me is that misunderstanding will be an
institutional practice, especially since all planning would be cut off
from any price structure which could provide signals for entrepreneurial
action and discovery.



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