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See, what we always meant by socialism wasn’t something you forced on people, it was people organizing themselves as they pleased into co-ops, collectives, communes, unions. Now look at this place. Look at space, come to that. It’s crawling with them! And if socialism really is better, more efficient than capitalism then it can bloody well compete with capitalism. So we decided, forget all the statist shit and the violence: the best place for socialism is the closest to a free market you can get!
— Logan to Janis, in Ken MacLeod’s The Star Fraction, 1995
A real brain-twister of a book. Gotta read the rest of the series now.
Thanks to Arto Bendiken for the loan!