Talks

These talks can be freely used for education and training provided attribution is given.

PDF files for videos

Modern communist economics, talk given in Brussels and later made into a video.

Against the Kliman Price theory, material for videos against Kliman

Epicycles and neoclassical economics , critique of Samuelson by comparing him with epicycle theory in old astronomy. Video here.

Brussels Lecture:  Why the labour theory of value is right,

The falling rate of profit  – an explanation in terms of relative rates of growth of variable and constant capital

The business cycle An explanation using Marx and Kalecki. Video here.

Going beyond money How the labour theory of value can be used to replace money.

Harmony method of planning an explanation of how the Harmony function from neural net theory can be used in socialist planning. Video here.

The gender pay gap its explanation in terms of the Marxist theory of the wage and how it can be eliminated.

The costs of care, womens wages and childcare costs. Compares what childcare workers, mostly women women get paid for childcare work with what nurseries charge.

The laws of wages – the classical and Marxian theories of wage rates

The British crisis – the political crisis around Brexit

The impending catastrophe and how to plan for it – only socialist planning provides a route out of ecological catastrophe

Unproductive labour. talk on the theory of unproductive labour in Marx’s Capital and Theories of Surplus Value

On the question of unequal exchange

The rate of profit and Okishio

The coming world crisis  Talk I originally gave in Mexico but later released as a video on YouTube.

Commodity production and the ‘subject’ an argument that the category of subject in bourgeois philosophy is just a reflection of capitalist legal relations. see video here

Abstract and Concrete Labour , response to questions at the Historical Materialism conference in 2019

On the complexity order of economic planning, talk to be given by video conference to Brazil

OnMaterialism, Turing and Math, Forth comming lecture on materialism

New Harmony with Julia, a talk on using the Julia programming language to implement combined Leontief and Harmony style planning

Fast Matrix Arithmetic, an account of how I speeded up the Glasgow Pascal Compiler to be competitive with the Julia matrix arithmetic after doing the previous talk.

Socialist Planning and the Environment Crisis, talk that was the basis of an Outline of Political Economy seminar

Eliminating inequality, talk summarising the proposals for eliminating inequality in Towards a New Socialism

Socialist economic planning: theory and practice, talk given to the Edinburgh Young Communists

Other public talks on economics/politics

Why the labour theory of value holds: Evidence and statistical laws, tele lecture given at a the University of Sao Paulo.

Socialist Calculation Machines and Algorithms, talk at the Nov 2019 Historical Materialism conference.

Babbage to Marx to Boltzman, talk given at the British Computer Society post grad meeting in Edinburgh on the connections between computer science and political economy.

Socialist calculation and algorithms  talk given in Chelyabinsk Russia

Computers and the economic calculation debate, talk given in Berlin to a Rosa Luxemburg foundation meeting

Big Data and Super-Computers foundations of Cyber Communism, Talk given in Hanoi on the anniversary of the October revolution.

Methods of modelling in the light of information theory and entropy. talk was given at a conference in Mexico City

Introductory lectures of an advanced course on Marxist Science, I was asked to give a course at a Chinese University but the arrangements were not completed in time, this was to be the first lecture.

Entropy and Information in science and political economy

Planning, Computers and Labor Time, joint talk with Allin Cottrell explaining ideas in our book

Computers and the economic calculation debate

Information and mass production Analysing capitalist mass production using information theory.

On the possibility of Labour talk trying to understand why labour is possible and why it is the basis of value

Key ideas in our EU crisis report Explains ideas developed with Dave Zachariah about the Eurozone crisis. Talk was given at KarlLiebknechtHaus Berlin

Leadership, Democracy and Transitions Theory of socialist leadership: Ideas in Manifesto of the Communist Party, Social Democracy, The impact of the first world war and Russian revolution etc.

The Polarisation of Capital, this is a talk given in the early 2000s reporting on work done in the 1970s when in Communist Formation. It was an early attempt at analysing the dynamics of financial crises.

Why the Greeks did not have useful steam power, The ancient Greeks already had a working steam turbine in Hero’s aeolipile. Why were they not able to turn this to use in industry, pumping water or turning millstones? Why no industrial revolution in antiquity?

On E Democracy

Note that some of these are to political science meetings so the communist politics are toned down a bit.

Democratising budgetary decisions with Handi Vote, an explanation of how mobile phone voting can be used by the population to take economic decisions.

Democracy and Electronic Plebiscites 

Electronic and Athenian Democracy 

Computers and Economic Democracy Talk that I think I gave in Berlin or in Quito

The basic logistic interface of Participatory Democracy: secure, anonymous cell phone-voting