A Reply to Richard Krouse

A Reply to Richard Krouse

Everyone concerned with the relation of forms of ownership to political equality owes a substantial debt to Richard W. Krouse for his lucid analysis. It invites one to deal with the issues with the greatest clarity one can bring to this difficult task and for that we should all be grateful. In addition, I appreciate his scrupulous restatement of my own argument, particularly since the various pieces of it have been scattered over a number of different publications, which, in an unusual demonstration of scholarly responsibility and no little patience, he has undertaken to read.

As Richard Krouse rightly points out, different forms of ownership bear on the question of political equality in at least two ways: within economic enterprises, and in the political society generally. As I understand his argument, his conclusion as to the possibility of political equality finally depends on his conclusion as to economic enterprises. I want therefore to concentrate on his argument about the relation of forms of ownership to internal democracy within firms.

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