Nation of Beancounters

Not an example of taking it too far

Posted in Uncategorized by Navin Kumar on April 16, 2011

From Hirschman’s Rival Views of Market Society:

Wiles a student of the centrally planned economies, has made a distinction between “left-wing crops” and “right-wing crops,” pointing out that products requiring individual attention, such as grapes and certain fruits and vegetables, are particularly unsuited for collectivized agriculture, in contrast to the more “left-wing” grains, where operations are standardized.

This supports the idea that it was context and technology and not capitalism or socialism per se that created standardized, routine work. This is an undisputed fact among scholars but I tend to see some amount of confusion among non-academics, who prefer an ideology-satisfying narrative (which isn’t to say that academics don’t suffer from this preference, merely that they aren’t subject to this particular delusion).

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