Anonymous asked in Social ScienceEconomics · 2 months ago

Why are workers 'incapable' of managing a plant by themselves?

We often hear from bourgeois economists that collectivization is possible, and that worker-run enterprises cannot solve the "economic calculation problem" or possibly produce without waste, shortages and so forth.

5 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    There are plenty of worker-run co-operatives. We don’t need the capitalists, with their system which enforces exploitation and shortages. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because of the economic calculation problem. 

    If the workers manage a plant with their own capital they are doing so in the capacity of entrepreneur, not worker.

    And if they do it with the owners' money, they NECESSARILY AND INESCAPABLY have the economic calculation problem.

    You need to understand it.

    Read "Human Action" by Mises. Look it up in the back and read the relevant text.

    AFTER you understand what it is, and can CORRECTLY represent it, come back and ask the question again if you can't understand why they can't do it.

    If they could do it, why does socialism lead to mass starvation each time it's tried without supporting markets? Why?

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Some jobs suck and others don't. If person A's job is to clean the toilets and person B's job is to sit around all day, how do you resolve that conflict? 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    They aren’t. The bourgeois is deathly afraid workers will figure that out. Just read up on the life of St. John Bosco. The bourgeois had him beat nearly to death because he took homeless people off the street and taught them how to collectively run their own printing company. The man who hired the thugs to beat him said “Imagine if workers found out they don’t need us!” as he was sipping champagne out of a gold goblet. 

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  • Oiy
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Co-op created in Germany. Today they have faced almost extinction. If everyone has the same rights, or one man one vote, the conflicts of interests cannot be solved, and a profitable way of life cannot be created. There are still corruptions all around.

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