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Don't Call It “Communist”

Posted On: Jul 15, 2020   |   Posted By: Steady State

Don't Call It “Communist”

By Brian Snyder
One of the few benefits of a global quarantine is catching up on movies, and one of the movies I've recently caught up on is 2017's The Death of Stalin. If you have an aversion to vulgar language or death squads you should skip it, but otherwise, watching Steve Buscemi play Nikita Khrushchev is a comical experience you won't soon forget.
But for our immediate purposes, what the film lays bare is that there is absolutely no relationship between the communism of Stalin and the steady state economy of Herman Daly. That should be unremarkable, given that Daly has sent far fewer people to the Gulag. However, critics of the steady state economy often assume it requires a communist system, or at least a strong-armed strain of socialism. By extension, these critics link Stalinesque society with life in a steady state economy.
Kruschev and Stalin circa 1936; no steady statesmanship in these deliberations.
But the steady state economy requires neither death...

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