: How much physical labor and non-specialized labor must an individual due in order to study the (one allowed...hmmm) specialty field of their choice?
What do you mean 'hmmm'?
I thought you questioned the ability of an individual to excel at EVEN ONE specialized field if they had to do other tasks?
Remember, you said : 'Barry, how would your socialist economy accomodate people like David, who need to practice their skill intensively in order to master it?'
NOW you are suspicious that a person can have ONLY one specialized field?
You're playing BOTH sides of the argument.
To answer your question: it really depends on the level of productivity of a society at any given time---and the needs of society as determined democratically by that society.