Rick Kelo examines these claims and notes, "The Socialist of the 21st century tries very hard to disavow central planning. They claim that was a feature of a totalitarian government in the USSR, but not necessarily a feature of Socialism as an economic system."
There are some hard questions for Socialists to answer though, that Richard Kelo has thought out all too well:
- How will you seize & redistribute the means of production from the entrepreneurs who own them to worker co-ops other than by central government dictate?
- How will you maintain an economy where only worker co-ops have legal sanction other than by central government dictate?
- How will you forcibly restrict every other form of economic organization other than by central government dictate?
Socialists may not like the word "central planning" but, as Rick Kelo points out, they are committed to using it regardless. This is why the ideas they advocate will ultimately fail: Socialism's central value is the use of force against peaceful people. Again Socialists may not like the word "force" but they are committed to using it regardless.
Without central economic planning no Socialist economy can ever exist.