Cantor’s Diagonal Argument:

An Extension to the Socialist Calculation Debate

Authors

  • Robert Patrick Murphy

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.30800/mises.2013.v1.495

Keywords:

Economic calculation, Socialism, Cantor's diagonal argument, Mathematical solution

Abstract

The author argues that the mathematical solution to the problem of economic calculation under socialism, as proposed by Dickinson and others, in the sense that it could obtain the rational use of resources in the absence of private property is incorrect, because a planner socialist committee need to publish a list containing an uncountable infinite number of prices and, according to Cantor’s diagonal argument  used by that this theory it is impossible to construct such a list. Thus, the Socialist economy is truly impossible.

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Published

2013-12-01

How to Cite

1.
Murphy RP. Cantor’s Diagonal Argument:: An Extension to the Socialist Calculation Debate. MisesJournal [Internet]. 2013Dec.1 [cited 2021Jul.25];1(2):425-32. Available from: https://revistamises.org.br/misesjournal/article/view/495

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Economics, Methodology and Praxiology