Re: [OPE-L] how can you calculate efficiency?

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Mon Apr 04 2005 - 04:26:10 EDT

Wolffs argument could equally well be taken to prove the impossibility
of engineering design. The circumstances determining the exact behaviour
of a car or aircraft are also innumerable, but that does not itself
prevent there being progress in the efficiency of machines. 

-----Original Message-----
From: OPE-L [mailto:OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU] On Behalf Of michael
Sent: 01 April 2005 18:27
Subject: Re: [OPE-L] how can you calculate efficiency?

Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM wrote:

>Wolff claims that efficiency studies then assert a "hegemonic principle
of selectivity."
Yes, that much is certainly consistent with my perspective.  I would not
go so far as to imply an infinite array of possibilities.

>Thus, in contrast to Michael P's critique of market-based calculations
>of efficiency,  Rick's critique is grounded in his "overdeterminist
>of the world"  and could be equally applied as a critique of
>efficiency in non-capitalist modes of production.
Here I would part ways with Rick.  Socialist planners CAN be wrong, but
they need not be.  Also, "wrong"


Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
michael at
Chico, CA 95929
fax 530-898-5901

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