Revisiting the Plan (Furlan, Hergouth, Žitko)

Revisiting the Plan (Furlan, Hergouth, Žitko)

The panel will focus on the problem of organising production, which all modes of production face. Should a next mode of production hope to survive, it will have to make sense to the producers participating in it, else a transition would be undesirable and this mode unworthy of existing. A large part of its appeal must come from a sensible way of organizing production. Despite widely acknowledged misgivings of the “anarchy of the market” the continual success of market mechanisms organizing societal production presents the market as an apotheosis of organisation. This belief however must and presently can be put to the test. We are witnessing great improvements in technologies of gathering and processing of information, the supposed insufficiency of which have historically been used as cornerstones of arguments against socialist economic planning.

Meanwhile, the problems markets face on their path to efficiency are often expressed in terms of lack of representation or corruption of information e.g. the interference of state intervention and externalities. Perhaps, it is now possible to devise plan mechanisms for organizing production that would perform better than markets. This panel will assess new and established arguments for and against socialist planning in light of these changes.

Speakers: Sašo Furlan, Martin Hergouth, Mislav Žitko
Host: Jan Kostanjevec

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