Chaos? It would take gods.

Chris M. Sciabarra sciabrrc at is2.NYU.EDU
Wed Sep 20 05:53:02 MDT 1995

On Wed, 20 Sep 1995, Chris Burford wrote:

> 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.

Chris S:  Yes, CB, of course I fully concede (now in articulated form)
that Hayek expresses himself in a VERY polarised way as a critic of
socialism; thanks for meeting me half-way on this... DIA-logue was
originally the basis of DIA-lectical method.  Thanks for illustrating
this point so beautifully.
				- Chris
Dr. Chris M. Sciabarra
Visiting Scholar, NYU Department of Politics
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