Centrally planned economy

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Sun Jun 2 13:22:30 MDT 1996

On Sun, 2 Jun 1996, Kevin Cabral wrote:

> 	Gorbachev a market socialist? He certainly had nothing to do with
> the model of market socialism advocated in Against Capitalism. Gorbachev
> was more a social democrat then a market socialist, there is a difference.
> Do you agree? Why or why not?

Louis: Gorbachev was not an ideological market socialist in the same way
our Western economists are. He simply identified with the "reforms" of
Eastern Europe that were instituted from the 1950s on. I don't know if he
was more of a "social democrat" than a market socialist, but then I don't
know if there is much different politically. They both represent
accomodations to capitalism.

> 	Also, please respond to the criticism of Cockshott and your
> "super-computer" system as being top-down in your response to my initial
> challenge. Do you agree or disagree that Cockshott's model is highly
> top-down and essentially orders workers to produce this and that like a
> plantation owner would order a farm-hand?

Louis: I don't recall any challenge, so I'm not exactly sure what you're
talking about. I think it is useful to separate the economic issues from
the political issues. Unless we have a "top-down" approach to world
socialism, it simply won't work. The world's economies are too
interrelated and the environmental crisis too deep to permit solutions on
a national scale. There must be a plan and it must deal with the global

On the political front, I advocate democracy.

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