Re: [OPE] market socialism

From: Alejandro Agafonow (
Date: Mon Jun 30 2008 - 14:35:04 EDT

Paul, could you explain this “negative exponential income distribution under market socialism”?
A. Agafonow

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De: Paul Cockshott <>
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Enviado: lunes, 30 de junio, 2008 17:11:26
Asunto: RE: [OPE] market socialism

DOGAN: «"when everyone's entitled to get as much for himself as he can, all available property, however much there is of it, is bound to fall into the hands of a small minority, which means that everyone else is poor." How are you going to face this challange.»

I think that IAN WRIGHT summarized pretty well the answer:

«If a society had different rules that controlled the distribution of income -- in other words different macro-level constraints -- you would get much more egalitarian distributions of wealth even with markets.»


Depends what you mean by more egalitarian. Ian is right at a technical level, one would expect a negative
exponential income distribution under market socialism rather than a power law distribution. But
a negative exponential distribution can still be very uneven, and this uneveness is the soil
from which pressures for full scale capitalism inevitably grow.

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