Episode 91: Economics of Socialism (with Nick Rogers)
Brendan and Andrew welcome Nick Rogers, author of “Reflections on the Economics of Socialism” and editor of a recent special issue of the Journal of Global Faultlines on envisioning a socialism for the 21 st century. Nick explains what he hoped to achieve with a special issue on this topic, and he evaluates the success of the endeavor. He and the co-hosts then discuss the system of decentralized socialist economic coordination he advocates as well as his criticisms of alternative views, such as so-called market socialism and perspectives that Nick characterizes as utopian and “sci-fi.” Also, Nick explains why he thinks that Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program continues to be important, and he and the co-hosts discuss Andrew’s paper in the special issue, on the Critique’s conception of the transformation of capitalism into socialism.
Reference is made during the segment to the March 25 Zoom panel discussion on “Envisaging Socialism” that most contributors to the special issue (and others) participated in.
Plus current-events segment: You’re Indicted!—on the significance of the (first?) indictment of Trump. Dahlia Lithwick’s “Blue America Finally Caught Donald Trump” is cited.
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