'From Each according to Ability; To Each according to Needs' Origin, Meaning, and Development of Socialist Slogans

GATE WP 1839- December 2018

32 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2019

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Luc Bovens

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Philosophy

Adrien Lutz

University of Lyon 2 - Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE)

Date Written: January 8, 2019

Abstract

There are three slogans in the history of Socialism that are very close in wording, namely, the famous Cabet-Blanc-Marx slogan: From each according to his ability; To each according to his needs; the earlier Saint-Simon–Pecqueur slogan: To each according to his ability; To each according to his works; and the later slogan in Stalin’s 1936 Soviet Constitution: From each according to his ability; To each according to his work. We trace the earliest occurrences of these slogans and their biblical sources and we show how the progression from one slogan to the next casts light on the development of early socialist thought.

Keywords: socialism, utopian socialism, bible, Christianity, slogans

JEL Classification: B14, N00, Z12

Suggested Citation

Bovens, Luc and Lutz, Adrien, 'From Each according to Ability; To Each according to Needs' Origin, Meaning, and Development of Socialist Slogans (January 8, 2019). GATE WP 1839- December 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3312190 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3312190

Luc Bovens (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Philosophy

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Adrien Lutz

University of Lyon 2 - Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE) ( email )

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Ecully, 69130
France

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