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Case
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Reference no. 797-041-1
Authors: Martin Cloonan (The York Management School)
Published in: 1997
Length: 12 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

How would a socialist society deal with individuals who wish to start minor forms of trade amongst themselves? This case considers a hypothetical situation in a socialist society where an individual seeks to exchange some home-grown spring onions for piano tuition for her talented daughter. She argues that her daughter has great talent but would not be entitled to piano tuition (according to local policy) until she was older. Given this, she seeks to "buy" appropriate tuition for her daughter by ''selling'' spring onions to the teacher. The case considers the arguments advanced for and against allowing her to do so and raises some fundamental questions about individual rights under socialism. The case will provide a fascinating opportunity for students to grapple with some real issues in socialist and democratic theory. The material will sustain useful discussion for at least one seminar.

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Abstract

How would a socialist society deal with individuals who wish to start minor forms of trade amongst themselves? This case considers a hypothetical situation in a socialist society where an individual seeks to exchange some home-grown spring onions for piano tuition for her talented daughter. She argues that her daughter has great talent but would not be entitled to piano tuition (according to local policy) until she was older. Given this, she seeks to "buy" appropriate tuition for her daughter by ''selling'' spring onions to the teacher. The case considers the arguments advanced for and against allowing her to do so and raises some fundamental questions about individual rights under socialism. The case will provide a fascinating opportunity for students to grapple with some real issues in socialist and democratic theory. The material will sustain useful discussion for at least one seminar.

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