[OPE-L:1331] Re: Political economy of socialism

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@dcs.gla.ac.uk)
Date: Thu Sep 23 1999 - 06:48:58 EDT

At 22:33 21/09/99 +0200, you wrote:
>Dear all,
>Before my PC dies on me, I would like to advance 5 simple theses, on which
>I would appreciate any comment you may have. I would like your comment both
>as an objectivity check and because I am increasingly thinking about the
>subject area. The argument goes roughly as follows:
>1. It's a law of human psychology that you cannot achieve a goal unless
>you can clearly specify what it is.
>2. If socialism is conceived as an achievable goal (not just a movement),
>it must be clearly specified so we can plot the steps towards it.
>3. Socialism as a goal has not been clearly specified either at the
>national or international level so far by Marxists internationally so far,
>despite some brilliant attempts by individuals.
>4. Because socialism as goal has not been clearly specified, (a) it has
>been unclear what the realistic/feasible alternative to capitalism is, (b)
>socialism simply cannot be achieved yet.
>5. The critique of capitalism is inadequate unless socialists can specify
>what the socialist alternative concretely would amount to.

I am in broad agreement.

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