ParEcon Again

Dennis R Redmond dredmond at OREGON.UOREGON.EDU
Sat Oct 31 20:58:55 PST 1998

On Fri, 30 Oct 1998, Brett Knowlton wrote:

> Even so, workers councils aren't that different from unions, are they?
> Except that they would actually control the means of production - there
> would be no managers to fight, only an operation to run.

But how *does* that operation get run, precisely? Management involves lots of hard work -- planning, scheduling, negotiating with suppliers, contractors, customers, etc. Replacing a set of managers with, say, a group of factory workers would, by itself, change relatively little; they'd be under the same pressures, and might have the same temptation to exploit other workers in order to meet their annual target.

> Wow, you actually liked an aspect of ParEcon.

Intelligent criticism is the highest accolade any theory can aspire to.

-- Dennis

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