Category: Political Economy

Reparations to slave descendants in the USA and Germany

Date: September 4, 2019Author: Paul Cockshott A recent article made comparisons between the ‘atonement’ of the German state for Nazi crimes and the issue of reparations to the descendants of slaves in the USA Read moreFirst MTT PodcastThere seem to be a whole mass of confused issues being put forward in this reparation demand. The first Read More

Abstract and concrete labour

Date: November 15, 2019 Author: Paul Cockshott Read moreFirst MTT PodcastThe issue of abstract and concrete labour is relatively simple. The two concepts are dealt with in a few very clear paragraphs at the beginning of Capital. But unfortunately it has, over the last couple of decades, been mystified by some Marxists. Misleading claims have Read More

Socialist Economic Planning and Algorithms

The lecture addressed the debates on the socialist calculation and the advances that have occurred due to Kantorovich versus von Mises. limitations were observed in the Kantorovich planning method and how they can be overcome using techniques that were originally developed for research of neural networks. They were also presented two software packages, one of Read More

The role of computerisation in planned economies

Paul Cockshott discussing the role of computerization in planned economies. Based on a talk he gave at a conference in Quito. He explains how improvements in computer technology have improved the possibilities of planned economies. He has a look at wages, taxes, value, and pricing under socialism. Bringing his ideas of political economy and algorithmic Read More

First MTT Podcast

This the first MTT podcast. There is a bit of an introduction to the Marxist Think Tank. What our goals are and how we work. Followed by an update of the bushfire crisis in Australia. Lastly, Paul Cockshott discusses his proposal for a collaborative project to work on a green 5 year plan. The software Read More

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