Stalin, planning and the libertarian critique
Chris M. Sciabarra
sciabrrc at is2.NYU.EDU
Sat Sep 30 15:47:49 MDT 1995
On Sat, 30 Sep 1995 glevy at acnet.pratt.edu wrote:
> Chris S. wrote:
> Thus far, however, I think the market has proven to be the best
> mechanism--however distorted it has been--in providing the goods and
> services that people want and need.
> A couple of minor details that Chris forgot to mention:
> 1) Your ability to satisfy material needs and wants depends on whether
> you have the money to purchase those commodities. If you do not have the
> money, then the market does not work very well. And how do most people
> get the money that they need to satisfy their wants and needs? By working
> for capitalists as wage slaves.
Depends on which commodities we're talking about; some are far
higher priced due to inflation or price supports (both of which, I've
argued, are political in origin.)
> 2) If we let capitalists decide how and what commodities should be
> produced, without state intervention, we will all be dead (or worse)!
> What would the environment be like without state regulation? Would there
> even be an environment?
Considering that the most deadly products (nuclear weapons) have
come from state intervention, and my own belief that privatization can
force owners into accountability by internalizing externalities, I think
a market might make for a healthier environment than a non-market system.
Dr. Chris M. Sciabarra, Visiting Scholar, NYU Department of Politics
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