Socialism Revised and Modernized
The Case for Pragmatic Market Socialism
Yunker advocates pragmatic market socialism and offers a critique of capitalist apologetics. He shows how market socialism would duplicate the everyday economic functions of market capitalist economies but with public ownership of large, established corporations--profits being distributed among the entire labor force.
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This volume advocates pragmatic market socialism and offers a penetrating critique of the entire range of capitalist apologetics. As James A. Yunker envisions it, pragmatic market socialism would virtually duplicate the everyday economic functions of market capitalist economies, such as the United States' economy. However, public ownership of large, established corporations would enable profits to be distributed among the entire labor force rather than going largely to a class of inheriting rentiers. Pragmatic market socialism would be a means of enhancing economic justice and fairness without sacrificing the efficiency advantages of free enterprise and the market economy.
Yunker presents both theoretical and empirical evidence countering various widely-accepted justifications for capitalism. He argues that much of what passes for anti-socialist thought does not actually address socialism at all but rather the various adverse historical correlates of socialism such as the Communist one-party state, Soviet-style central planning, and the Scandinavian welfare state. This book will be of great interest to economists specializing in comparative economic systems to political scientists with an interest in the evolution of political/economic systems.
- Table of Contents
A New Perspective on Socialism
The Pragmatic Market Socialist Proposal
Pragmatic Market Socialism: Pro and Con
The Capital Management Issue
The Saving Issue
Investment, Growth, and Entrepreneurship
Capitalism and Democracy
Capitalism and History
Prospects for Change?