Re: [OPE] Venezuela bans sale of Coke Zero

From: Alejandro Agafonow <>
Date: Sun Jun 14 2009 - 06:25:46 EDT

The Berufsverbot or 1972 anti-radical decree took place as a response to terrorism by the Red Army Faction. Nevertheless, it is not justified to punish people that, not been involved in criminal acts, share some ideas close to groups that have engaged in violence. So, the European Court of Human Rights forced Germany to providing compensation to Dorothea Vogt, who was dismissed from her position as teacher because of her active participation in the German Communist Party.   I have said this before: liberal institutions might fail but mechanisms have been created to repair deviations from main guiding principles. It is impossible to conceive, e.g. Cuban state repairing any discrimination dissidents have indeed suffered. So, I’m sure the mass dismissal of Marxists in East Germany must be qualified. Nevertheless, I remark again the highly emotional situation at stake.   The difficulties Liberman and Kantorovich had in the highly ideologized academic environment of USSR are well known. However, I’m sure Allin has many interesting things to say from his trips there. I wonder if the neo-classical sympathies of 1980s soviet scholars nurtured their teaching at soviet universities or were secretly kept, or if it is a consequence of the relaxation of Soviet state during the rule of Mikhail Gorbachev, first as General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1985 and then as head of the state in 1988.   Regards, A. Agafonow ________________________________ De: Paul Cockshott <> Para: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <> Enviado: sábado, 13 de junio, 2009 19:37:51 Asunto: RE: [OPE] Venezuela bans sale of Coke Zero ________________________________________ Alejandro I disagree with Jerry and Paul. The case of East Germany is exceptional because it was extremely emotional, given the particular circumstances of common culture, language and territory artificially split. ------------------------------ What about the Berufsverbot in West Germany from the 70s? The mass dismissal of marxist from east german universities from the 90s was just the application of existing West German policy that had long been in place. ------------------ Concerning USSR, we have to remember the difficulties that Evsei Liberman and Leonid Kantorovich faced to develop their theories, facing an intricate net of patronage even to publish. This is particularly striking in the case of Kantorovich given the technical nature of his work. In fact, these and other few soviet scholars enjoyed recognition after the doctrinaire change of the bureaucracy, due to the economic disaster of USSR before the Second World War. Even under these circumstances, it’s hard to say that there was room for free market supporters in USSR. Central planning was an uncontested dogma. ----------------------- This does not correspond with what Allin told me when he was a visiting scholar in Moscow in the 80s. He said it was almost impossible to find economists who were not neo-classicals, and only after several months did he find some at Moscow state university who were pro-planning. ------------------ The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401 _______________________________________________ ope mailing list

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