Re: [OPE] Invention, Inventors, and the Productivity of Labor

From: Gerald Levy <>
Date: Tue Nov 04 2008 - 06:32:05 EST

>> Replicating rivalry undermines the socialist goals of solidarity and equality.
> No Jerry, our values are not undermined as far as we keep decommodified key spheres of
> social life and “reasonably” soften budget constraints. The last one means not to completely
> decommodify labour, i.e. to tying it up to levels of reward depending on outcomes.

No, Alejandro, the point I was making was quite simple: rivalry is not a socialist
'goal' because it is inconsistent with other socialist goals and basic socialist ethics.
This was understood by one of its biggest advocates (Janos Kornai) to be a
problem which was experienced under the practice of 'market socialism' (the New
Economic Model in Hungary).

In solidarity, Jerry

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