Planning and Freedom


  • Laurent Frantz



Marxism, Political Economy


This is the essay to which the judges have awarded the prize of $50 in MR's Essay Contest announced last spring. Laurent Frantz is an attorney in San Francisco. He has contributed frequently to The Nation and other magazines. His essay—answering the question, "Are the mechanisms of a planned economy harmonious with freedom of the individual?"—was selected from more than 40 unidentified entrants by a board of judges consisting of J. Raymond Walsh, well-known economist and Chairman of Monthly Review Associates; Carey McWilliams, editor of The Nation; and Stanley Moore, formerly professor of philosophy at Reed College. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner on a stimulating contribution to socialist ideas and to thank the judges for the time and care which they generously devoted to this project. -THE EDITORS

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