Perhaps the most interesting economic thinking of recent years has come out of the effort to understand the collapse of communism. And the implications of this thinking are far removed from the simplistic market worship that so many, in East and West alike, have taken up to replace shattered preconceptions.
Serious students of communist economics have focused on elucidating the mechanism of central planning. In neither its Stalinist nor its Brezhnevite variety, they find, did the plann...
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