Market Socialism as a Distinct Socioeconomic Formation
Keywords:Marx, Socialism, Mode of Production, China
AbstractThis paper argues that, during the present historical period, only one mode of production is sustainable, which we call the modern mode of production. Nevertheless, there can be (both in theory and in practice) enough differences among the specific forms of modern mode of production prevailing in different countries to justify the identification of distinct socioeconomic formations, one of them being market socialism. In its present stage of evolution, market socialism in China and Vietnam allows for a rapid development of productive forces, but it is seriously flawed from other points of view. We argue that the development of a radically reformed and improved form of market socialism is far from being an inevitable historical necessity, butt constitutes a theoretically plausible and auspicable possibility.