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"From Each according to Ability; To Each according to Needs" Origin, Meaning, and Development of Socialist Slogans

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  • Luc Bovens

    (UNC - University of North Carolina [Chapel Hill] - UNC - University of North Carolina System)

  • Adrien Lutz

    (GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Université de Lyon - UJM - Université Jean Monnet [Saint-Étienne] - UCBL - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - Université de Lyon - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - ENS Lyon - École normale supérieure - Lyon)

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There are three slogans in the history of Socialism that are very close in wording, namely, the famous Cabet-Blanc-Marx slogan: From each according to his ability; To each according to his needs; the earlier Saint-Simon-Pecqueur slogan: To each according to his ability; To each according to his works; and the later slogan in Stalin's 1936 Soviet Constitution: From each according to his ability; To each according to his work. We trace the earliest occurrences of these slogans and their biblical sources and we show how the progression from one slogan to the next casts light on the development of early socialist thought.

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  • Luc Bovens & Adrien Lutz, 2019. ""From Each according to Ability; To Each according to Needs" Origin, Meaning, and Development of Socialist Slogans," Working Papers halshs-01973833, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:halshs-01973833
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    Keywords

    socialism; utopian socialism; bible; Christianity; slogans;
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    • B14 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Socialist; Marxist
    • N00 - Economic History - - General - - - General
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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