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Socialist alternatives to capitalism II: Vienna to Santa Fe

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  • Duncan Foley

    (Department of Economics, New School for Social Research)

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Optimal control theory and information technology provide tools with the capacity to implement top-down centralized allocation of resources in complex economies organized through a social division of labor. Twentieth century political and systems thinking, however, emphasize the virtues of bottom-up spontaneously organized systems. Workers’ control can be analyzed as one variety of bottom-up spontaneous organization. Another is peer production, as in the case of open-source software. A model of peer production under the name Lifenet provides some insights into the advantages and limitations of this approach to socialism.
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  • Duncan Foley, 2017. "Socialist alternatives to capitalism II: Vienna to Santa Fe," Working Papers 1706, New School for Social Research, Department of Economics.
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    1. Foley, Duncan K., 2010. "What's wrong with the fundamental existence and welfare theorems?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 75(2), pages 115-131, August.
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