[OPE-L:4794] Re: opposition to Hayek

Paul Cockshott (wpc@cs.strath.ac.uk)
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 08:11:40 -0700 (PDT)

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Some schematic criticisms of soviet economic model:

1. Insufficient use of detailed i/o tables in planning
2. I/O tables used at too high a level of aggregation
3. No systematic attempt to use labour theory of value in
cost calculations
4. Use of subsidies and payment in kind systematically resulted
in labour inputs costs being underestimated
5. Continued use of money mystified social relations
6. Insufficient use of modern technology in economic control,
too low a priority given to information technology

these are spelt out in much more detail in our book and

> From: aramos@aramos.bo
> To: Multiple recipients of list <ope-l@anthrax.ecst.csuchico.edu>
> Subject: [OPE-L:4778] Re: opposition to Hayek
> Date: 15 April 1997 00:43
> In #4769 Paul C. wrote:
> > 3."Socialist Planning after the Collapse of the Soviet Union",
> > published in Revue Europeene des Sciences Sociales, 1993. We
> > make the argument that what failed in the USSR was not socialist
> > planning as such, but a particular and definitely flawed variant
> > of same, and suggest the outlines of an alternative system of
> > planning.
> Since I am very busy, I am now in "lurking mode" and cannot partake
> in the very interesting discussion about socialist planning you and
> others are carrying out.
> But, re the above piece could you expand: What was this "flawed
> variant of socialist planning"? What was the "main mistake" which
> drove USSR to capitalism? etc. etc.
> Alejandro R.