Category: Technology

No to carbon taxes!

Date: May 6, 2019Author: Paul Cockshott I have produced a couple of videos recently on the danger posed by global warming. This is something that I have been concerned with since about 1977 when I wrote a report for the shop stewards committee at GEC Trafford Park, called Workers’ Power. It was for the shop Read More

Big Data and Super-Computers: foundations of Cyber Communism

Date: July 24, 2017Author: Paul Cockshott I shall be elaborating on the following theses: The inability of 20th century socialism to progress to communism led to the crisis of the USSR. Communism requires a definite stage of development of technology. This stage was only reached at the very end of the 20th century. But this Read More

Materialism and delayed choice quantum eraser experiments

Date: July 25, 2018Author: Paul Cockshott I have been producing a series of videos explaining materialism. Most of these have been accepted without controversy, but predictably enough, the last one, which was on quantum phenomena and materialism raised a number of critical comments. Read moreThe role of computerisation in planned economiesThe gist of my argument Read More

Fossil fuel and the ebbing of globalisation

Date: April 18, 2017Author: Paul Cockshott n the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production. The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of Read More

Energy, Science and Capitalism

Date: September 1, 2016Author: Paul Cockshott Were fossil fuels necessary? Read moreFirst MTT PodcastDid capitalism itself generate its own technical advances? Why was energy so vital to the development of capitalism? Read moreThe role of computerisation in planned economiesFundamentally it is because by substituting inanimate energy for human muscle, the amount of human time and Read More

Why no Roman industrial revolution?

Date: July 28, 2017Author: Paul Cockshott In my last post I repeated Marx’s phrase the the hand mill gave you the feudal lord the steam mill the industrial capitalist. One reader objected that this overstated the role of technology and that steam power was already known to the Romans. I concede that Marx over simplified. 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