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Socialism as Performance

Socialist competition was the company philosophy of the planned economy. That is to say, it was not primarily about productivity, but rather about the cultural and political role of the workers inside and outside of the enterprise that granted the system its legitimacy. The worker (in GDR terminology Werktätige), as a member of the 'statesupporting class', was a central figure of the official ideology, and the worker's labour was ideologically embellished as 'a contribution towards the wellbeing of the people', and portrayed as 'a contribution in the struggle for peace'. Staff were not only to create goods of material value, but also to reproduce the values of socialism.

Socialism as PerformanceSocialist competition was the company philosophy of the planned economy. That is to say, it was not primarily about productivity, but rather about the cultural and political role of the workers inside and outside of the en
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