Re: [OPE] market - and other kinds of - socialism

From: Dave Zachariah <>
Date: Mon May 02 2011 - 14:58:35 EDT

On 2011-05-02 20:47, Ian Wright wrote:
> I have (in practice) always found this view deeply problematic. For
> example, as a member of the working class I have thought about and
> discussed alternative economic organizations (including learning from
> prior history and practice). I have been told by (some) socialists to
> basically shut up and stop thinking about it. I am certainly not alone
> in this. For example, whole generations of activists associated with
> certain socialist parties in the UK have been trained to *not think
> about these issues*. I think it's a crippling philistinism.
> In contrast, if socialist activists were theoretically armed with good
> answers to these kinds of questions (e.g., what will we place
> capitalism with? How will we organize an economy? Who will get what?
> etc.) I think they'd get a lot more traction with the working class.

Could not agree more.

Without an economic theory, it is impossible to articulate a viable
political program. And without a viable political program the outcomes
of political struggle will remain unintended.

//Dave Z
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Received on Mon May 2 14:59:27 2011

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