One’s Own, Proper What Is Property in its Essence?
Privatisation, which is said to take place or to have taken place in Russia, is called criminal, Mafia-ridden, immoral, a menace to the rest of the world. More seldom are its positive evaluations. There is no need to align oneself with either opinion. The promptitude of judgement solidifies the principal and in the long run the decisive feature of the situation: the fact that property reforms are conducted blindly. There is no difference of opinion in this respect. An important or leading activist of the privatisation, recently sacked, has expressed his wish that it be conducted in a more thoughtful manner. The belated character of the wish confirms that the amplitude of unthoughtfulness in the whole affair is itself unthought of. Understandably, one is inclined to believe that a more detailed planning could have produced more success. Yet it is most probable that the process which started moving ten years ago takes place in a depth unattainable for any plan or project. It is not a mere coincidence that the preceding socialist volte-face in Russia, too, took a haphazard stance. A theorist of the state and historian, Nikolai Alekseyev, observed in 1928: “Wonderful as it may seem, the majority of contemporary socialists, while proposing a reform of property and calling for the abolition of the latter, wander in complete darkness and do not know for sure what they are striving at”1.
KeywordsPrivate Proprietor Social Market Economy Mere Coincidence Ultimate Target Thoughtful Manner
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