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Planned Economy
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[German Version]

The concept of planned economy originated primarily from socialist criticism (Socialism) of market economy and the institution of private ownership of the means of production connected with this economic order. This “capitalist system” was accused by K. Marx, F. Engels, V. Lenin, J. Stalin, and others, of leading to “anarchy” in a society’s production, to “alienation” of the person, and to periodically recurring crises. A planned economy was thought to be the remedy. Individual ec…

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Sautter, Hermann, “Planned Economy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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