Chaos? It would take gods.

Chris Burford cburford at
Wed Sep 20 07:50:20 MDT 1995

Chris S wrote on 19th Sept
 > > 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.

Chris B,

If Chris S will concede a little, as I think he has tacitly, that Hayek
may express himself in rather a polarised way as a critic of socialism,
however sensitive his epistemology is, then I concede Chris S's points
that there is of course a strand of utopianism in the writings of Marx
and Engels, though they were usually wise not to get embroiled
in details of how that utopia would work.

I in turn would concede that in a system of commodity exchange it is
extremely difficult to prevent capital accumulating unevenly. This makes
the management of the economy a very difficult affair. I generally assume
that although computerised information systems will be useful
for attempting, however imperfectly, to guide the economy, a system of
direct total ownership and central planning by computer is not viable.

Paul, who is not posting just at the moment has an important and differing
view on this. Although I nudged him and Louis to an exchange again on
this, it was a little too civilised and I felt the problem was not fully
illuminated. (That's another nudge!)

Chris B.

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