[OPE-L:4781] Re: state ownership

From: Jerry Levy (jerry_levy@usa.net)
Date: Thu Jan 18 2001 - 09:10:23 EST

In [OPE-L:4780] Paul C wrote:

> I am infavour of
> state ownership of the means of production.

OK, I'll bite:
Several questions come to mind (generally in reverse order of 
importance, imo):

1) Is this position, which you identify as the "orthodox" communist position,
the same as that held by Marx? 

2) Does the distinction between state ownership and control vs.
workers' ownership and control have any special significance from 
your perspective? 

3) When you assert state ownership, who controls the state? The 
"Party"? The working class? The "people"? 

4) Has the failure of "socialism" (NB: quotation marks)in various countries
(e,g, the former USSR) been at all connected to the issues suggested in #2 and

In solidarity, Jerry

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