Re: [OPE] socialist planning in capitalist firms

From: Paul Cockshott <>
Date: Thu Jun 10 2010 - 14:41:16 EDT

Since the ussr was at an above average economic level, the spread of revolution meant, at least in medium term , higher aid bills.

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From: "GERALD LEVY" <>
Subject: Re: [OPE] socialist planning in capitalist firms
Date: 10th June 2010
Time: 2:42:32 pm

> So again, the qualitative inputs provided by returns to management are essential to asses the
> opportunity costs of centrally planned socialism.

Hi Alejandro:

This could be cited as a rationalization for a bureaucratic managerial elite.
Yet, it was the presence of a bureaucracy itself that accounted for most of the
inefficiencies and inequalities associated with what you call 'centrally planned
socialism'. As for the opportunity costs, this was fundamentally a reflection
of the scarcity caused by the isolation of these economies. The way to overcome
this problem - something that Lenin and the majority of the 'old Bolsheviks'
were very clear about - would have been global socialism.

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