Against Socialist Fusionism

Vree, Dale
December 1978
National Review;12/8/1978, Vol. 30 Issue 49, p1547
The article focuses on Robert Heilbroner's view of socialism published in "Dissent" magazine. For Heilbroner, socialism is not just an improved welfare state, but another kind of society. He says that an aspect of authoritarianism resides inextricably in all planning systems. What Heilbroner is saying is that socialism is incompatible with freedom as that term is understood in bourgeois societies. What bothers Heilbroner about capitalist culture is exactly what bothers most traditionalists. He insists that socialism requires central economic coordination., which requires planning.


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