The Historical Regularity in Reverse

Włodzimierz Brus and Kazimierz Laski

in From Marx to the Market

Published in print April 1991 | ISBN: 9780198283997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596032 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Historical Regularity in Reverse

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The term ‘Real Socialism’ is used here as a value‐free designation of the area in the past (or at present as in China) under communist rule. The chapter shows the fallacy of one of the fundamental tenets of Marxist model of a socialist/communist economy as a product of the historical regularity of development. Contrary to this assumption ‘real socialism’ has not come about as an heir to developed capitalism, or even as substitute for missed industrial revolution. In practice, the likelihood of installing the system of ‘real socialism’ went in parallel to the higher degree of backwardness.

Keywords: backwardness; capitalism; communism; historical regularity; industrial revolution; Marxism; socialism

Chapter.  2517 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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