a few remarks

Carrol Cox cbcox at SPAMilstu.edu
Sun Sep 5 11:11:47 MDT 1999

Michael Perelman wrote:

>The test Chris asks for would be to allow an advanced industrial and
>information economy to run without a price mechanism AND without
>interference from the U.S. and other capitalist governments.

> Chris Matthew Sciabarra wrote:

>> <snip> The burden of proof is on those who <snip>

This exchange exhibits vividly the point Jim Craven made -- that
not much useful can flow from the presence of a libertarian, and
a scholastic libertarian at that, on the list.

Social systems are not submissions to a scholarly journal and they
do not go out of or come into existence through the vote of a
board of editors. In this context the phrase, "burden of proof," is
intellectually  frivolous.

As Michael observes, the experiment Chris asks for is not just a
practical impossibility but impossible in principle: No market system
can exist independently of the U.S. and other core capitalist nations.
"Planned Economy" is therefore simply a synonym for national
independence. Arguments over its desirability or undesirability
in the abstract are in bad faith.


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