This is an important point.
Originally Posted by thälmann
The top managers' position was different in two ways, as you've stated: (much) higher level of income and much higher level of autonomy in decision making, not only on issues such as the distribution of money (i.e. capital) of the factory, but also on the very issue of organization of production.
These managers were mostly high ranking officials of the Party, and the existence of local workers' councils mostly did not counteract the "local sheriffs" (Party officials appointed to a highest rank within the productive unit) who basically had their hands completely free in certain areas, depending on the historical conditions.
So, the situation as I see is the following: certain portion/structures of the CP appropriated surplus value of workers' labour and decided how should it be used. That's, people, state capitalism (alongside the existence of private property!).
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