What are the views on the forum or even the knowledge of market socialist ideas? Is it a case of the worst of both worlds or a reflection of realism about mixed economies and interdependence of competition, co-operation, tax funded enterprise and private enterprise?
I've read about a system of market socialism which would involve the distribution to each adult, voting member of the public of shares which they can not sell or lose, "inalienable shares" if you like, which confers upon the public/workers, employed and unemployed, ownership of the economy but which does not interfer with the price signals of the market place in planning the efficient allocation of resources.
The dividend received from these "inalienable shares" would constitute individual revenue which replaces all present financial benefits and exchanges carried out by the tax and spending of welfare states, these shares could be transfered by individuals or financial service providers to increase returns, reflect ethical or other priorities but could not be sold, in the same way that you can not sell your identity or sell yourself into slavery, at least not legally, presently.
In this way you could invest all your share if you want to reflect concerns about education, health, defence, policing etc. as you wish, it would permit some radical experiments in privatisation too without the negative externalities presently associated with the same policy, ie monopolisation for private gain of essential services which individuals have little or no choice but to consume, exploitation of tax payers in a "gravy train" sort of way, lack of accountability for policies like executive board pay rises for failing services or enterprises.
Perhaps its too complex or presumes a degree of fiscal and financial interest and literacy on the part of the general population which is none existent and unlikely to exist even if the reforms are carried out, what do you think?