Re: [OPE-L] Participatory and democratic production

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Tue May 22 2007 - 07:06:41 EDT

> How do you ensure that the total proposals put forward correspond to a
> feasible plan?

Hi Paul:

Before the process of voting begins, every participant would have to
know  the total amount of resources available.  It's possible to
conceive of some specialized citizens' committees which has elected
representatives of different communities,  who would have to resolve
disputes.  The real problem here is cultural, rather than scientific: what
is the process by which citizens come to realize for themselves that
their consumption patterns need to change for social and environmental
reasons?  The problem of internalities can only be resolved in a more
advanced and progressive socialist society than we have seen to date.
The issue isn't simply one of the presence or absence of abundance.

In solidarity, Jerry

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