Centrally-planned economy vs. WORKERS CONTROL OVER THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION
cwellen at pen.k12.va.us
Sun Jun 2 12:13:06 MDT 1996
Greetings from Wei En Lin to all producers, workers, comrades, and
advocates of the LABORERS CONTROL OVER THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION !!!
It is a mistake to talk about centralized planning apart from the
crucial issue of worker's democracy. There is no reason on earth to
have centralized planning over every sector of the economy. Certainly
it is advisable to have the Central government control the use of
crucial resources (minerals, land, oil) and the crucial infrastructure
(roads, airwaves, etc.). But this can only be in the worker's interest
when the government itself is directly elected by the working people
(and not appointed and funded by a small class of capitalists).
Most economic enterprises should be run by the workers themselves
democratically. There should be a maximization of democracy both in the
workplace and in government. Central planning (in the Stalinist or
Brezhnevist mode) is inadvisable, since it leads inevitably to greater
concentrations of power in fewer and fewer hands. Computers will not
change this. The social, political, and economic structures themselves
must be made accountable to working people who run them, and accountable
to outside scrutiny, where the public interest is concerned (which is
nearly always, in any significant venture).
Sincere Saluations to all Tong Zhi (comrades),
Wei En Lin.
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