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Didn Ludwig von Misess “calculation argument” prove that socialism can not work?

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Didn Ludwig von Misess “calculation argument” prove that socialism can not work?

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In 1920, the right-wing economist Ludwig von Mises declared socialism to be impossible. A leading member of the “Austrian” school of economics, he argued this on the grounds that without private ownership of the means of production, there cannot be a competitive market for production goods and without a market for production goods, it is impossible to determine their values. Without knowing their values, economic rationality is impossible and so a socialist economy would simply be chaos — “the absurd output of a senseless apparatus.” [“Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth”, in Collectivist Economic Planning, F.A von Hayek (ed.), p.104] While applying his “calculation argument” to Marxist ideas of a future socialist society, his argument, it is claimed, is applicable to all schools of socialist thought, including libertarian ones. It is on the basis of his arguments that many right-wingers claim that libertarian (or any other kind of) socialism is impossible in principle.

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