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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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The Historical Regularity in Reverse

The Historical Regularity in Reverse

Chapter:
(p.16) 2 The Historical Regularity in Reverse
Source:
From Marx to the Market
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Włodzimierz Brus

Kazimierz Laski (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198283997.003.0002

The term ‘Real Socialism’ is used here as a value‐free designation of the area in the past (or at present as in China) under communist rule. The chapter shows the fallacy of one of the fundamental tenets of Marxist model of a socialist/communist economy as a product of the historical regularity of development. Contrary to this assumption ‘real socialism’ has not come about as an heir to developed capitalism, or even as substitute for missed industrial revolution. In practice, the likelihood of installing the system of ‘real socialism’ went in parallel to the higher degree of backwardness.

Keywords:   backwardness, capitalism, communism, historical regularity, industrial revolution, Marxism, socialism

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