what does chaz want? (was anarchism/marxism)

Julio Fernández Baraibar julfb at SPAMsinectis.com.ar
Mon Aug 23 16:19:14 MDT 1999



Tahir Wood wrote:

> One of the first things that a revolutionary
> regime could do is to start implementing an incomes policy,
> which is impossible under a pure free market system.
> Narrowing the income gap (say from 10:1 to 3:1) would have
> the effect of changing the pattern of demand. No one would
> be able to afford to buy imported luxury goods very much, so
> they would begin disappearing off the shelves of the
> 'exclusive' stores. On the other hand a lot more people
> would be able to buy popular consumer goods, including
> things, for example, that are useful to small agricultural
> producers. This would help to establish a functioning
> national market around locally produced consumer goods,
> because the demand for them has been 'artificially' created.
> It would also help to build linkages between the
> manufacturing sector and the agricultural sector, etc.

En efecto, la creacion de un poderoso mercado interno es una condicion
esencial tanto economica como politica para una politica revolucionaria. En
el caso de la Argentina, el peronismo cumplio justamente este papel. Altos
salarios, la creacion del aguinaldo -an yearly bonus wage-, etc, permitieron
justamente el tipo de situaciones que Tahir menciona. Pero por otra parte
fue la manera que encontro la conduccion bonapartista de evitar que las
ganancias de la burguesia se evaporasen bajo la forma de consumo lujoso o se
fugasen del pais segun el modelo de las viejas clases oligarquicas o de las
inversiones imperialistas. Algunos economistas llaman a este modelo
Keynesiano-marxista. Segun ellos, el aumento de la demanda interna en lugar
de ser promovida por la  obra publica, como fue el caso del New Deal o del
modelo escandinavo, lo es a traves del aumento de la capacidad de consumo de
los sectores populares.

> There is
> still a degree of capitalism, but not of the comprador
> variety. The key thing is that if one starts off by
> accepting the pure logic of micro economics, then one
> accepts that demand (or needs, or wants) is a law unto
> itself, which is pure liberalism. As I say, I'm not an
> economist, but it seems to me that there are important
> things in this line that a revolutionary regime should do,
> as a reorientation of the society towards greater
> egalitarianism, and in the direction of socialism.

Totalmente de acuerdo.
Julio F.B.










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