Re: [OPE] The spectre of Soviet society

From: Paul Cockshott <>
Date: Mon Sep 08 2008 - 06:49:06 EDT

Jurriaan Bendien wrote:
> Well, for many businesspeople it is very frightening to think that you
> could have a fully functioning, peaceful community of people, with all
> modern amenities, organised and operating without any commerce. If you
> think this is a ridiculous, just consider the enormous hostility to
> just the free availability of open-source software. What
> post-capitalist societies show is that in principle you do not need
> commerce to organise society, or that it needs to play only a
> subordinate role - that social life will carry on regardless anyway.
> That very idea is very threatening to many people, the idea that there
> are alternatives and that those alternatives might work just as well
> as commercial exploitation. Inversely, for many socialists the idea
> that particular forms of commercial trade aren't a bad thing or indeed
> progressive is also a very threatening idea.
> But that is to say that most ideologies about how society ought to
> function are religious or quasi-religious, not based on fact or science.
> J.
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That is certainly how I had understood your earlier posting.
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