Is Pictures of the Socialistic Future Satire?
By Bryan Caplan
UPDATE: A reader emails that the quoted segment is satire. Nothing to that effect at EconLog, though.
It’s true that the quote comes from a dystopian novel; I didn’t mention it because I’ve discussed Richter’s novel before. But I don’t agree that it’s “satire.” Richter’s was dead serious about this work of fiction. His account is so closely tied to turn-of-the-century German politics that it’s best read as a conditional forecast of the consequences of a socialist victory.