Re: [OPE] Socialism & Altruism

From: Alejandro Agafonow <>
Date: Fri Jan 16 2009 - 09:27:48 EST

I am also in favour of an institutional attitude, the only one which can **contextualized within a particular society and culture**. Since Felipe Pérez Martí is a mathematical economist his institutional mind is not well developed.   Could you explain the problem of **internalities and Departmentalism**?   Regards,A. Agafonow ________________________________ De: GERALD LEVY <> Para: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <> Enviado: viernes, 16 de enero, 2009 15:06:32 Asunto: RE: [OPE] Socialism & Altruism The interesting thing is that his model advocates a communism that, in absence of the appropriate computational technology, would anyway overcome the problem of the economic calculation.  Why? Because it is required that each person takes care only of the people in her proximity, i.e. her neighbours. In this way each person would have good information about the preferences of the target-people of her production. So that, this communism would not require a central planner but **atomic local planners**.   Hi Alejandro:   In that case, you would still have the problem of internalities and, possibly, "Departmentalism" (Kornai).    The issue, I think, has been miss-framed in the past as centralization vs. decentralization.  It would be more appropriately framed as: what is the most democratic and participatory, efficient combination of  centralization and de-centralization in a socialist society?  Such questions are not best answered in  the abstract, though.  Rather, they have to be contextualized within a particular society and culture.   In solidarity, Jerry

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