(OPE-L) Re: an empirical question re socialism

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Fri Oct 24 2003 - 08:19:26 EDT

It occurs to me now that an even simpler way to 
get rough estimates for this would be to

         global GNP
     global population

       global wealth
    global population

The latter figure might be more useful but statistics
on national wealth are more difficult to obtain than
statistics on national income.

I recognize that there are problems with GDP
including not taking into account most goods and
services that are not for sale,  ignoring the
underground economy,  and not taking into
account external costs, but these problems 
wouldn't make the statistics meaningless as all
that one would want for the purposes at hand is 
a rough estimate.  Alternatively, one could try
to adjust GDP figures to account for these 
problems if one views them as statistically
significant -- which some of them, e.g. the 
underground economy, probably are.

After one had these numbers then one could make
estimates about what goods and services a global 
socialist society could afford to provide for its citizens 
given whatever the current state of the productive forces

Okay,  the above is probably too simple.  Please explain 

In solidarity, Jerry

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