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From Marx to the MarketSocialism in Search of an Economic System$
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Wlodzimierz Brus and Kazimierz Laski

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198283997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198283997.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

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(p.150) 11 Concluding Remarks
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From Marx to the Market
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Włodzimierz Brus

Kazimierz Laski (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198283997.003.0011

A cruel East European wisecrack defines socialism as ‘the painful road to capitalism’. It may be too much to see in MS simply a stage on this road (or slide, as some would say), but the analysis in this book left little doubt that the disticntions between capitalist and socialist economic systems, as hitherto perceived, become under MS thoroughly blurred. The recourse to MS means that the very idea of a grand design of a supremely rational economy has been acknoledged as utterly fallacious despite the fact that a number of socialist values have to be incorporated into any economic system pursuing objectives worthy of human society.

Keywords:   capitalism, economic system, market socialism, rational economy, socialist values

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