Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Thu Aug 26 08:30:56 PDT 1999

This whole planning debate has gone on without much attention to what kind of planning we're talking about. Total, Soviet-style planning, with Gosplan and state-owned enterprises? Indicative planning with worker-run enterprises with some kind of spontaneous (meaning not planned from the center) links between enterprises and enterprises and enterprises and customers? Participatory planning a la Albert & Hahnel?

I think that the Freudian/Hayekian critique of perfect knowledge does make it difficult to imagine a reprise of Gosplan, even a cyber-Gosplan. But if we're talking about some kind of postcapitalist future, we have to talk about popular control of investment and resource allocation using criteria other than private profit maximization. So what are we talking about?


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