There is a review of Bastani’s book on FALC by Daniel Finkelstein in this Saturday’s Times. Finkelstein has the following questions about socialism, which he says have never been answered satisfactorily:
‘Under socialism, who works in the human resources department of the organisation that makes the ink that is used on Twix wrappers? Why do they? How much do they get paid? Who decides that? Do we still make Twix? Why?’
He goes on to say that after each attempt at socialism collapses ‘The problem isn’t that socialism doesn’t work, you see, so much as that we have never really tried it’. We members of the WSM would agree with this last comment, even though he obviously said it tongue in cheek. He also makes what could well be valid points about Bastani’s book (though I haven’t read it), e.g.”it isn’t remotely clear from this book what communism is’. Also, he complains that the book doesn’t answer his Twix problem.