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The histories of production

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The whole structure of the world economy at the moment is not a sustainable one, and therefore completely different technical structure has got to come into existence. We can't say whether the transition process is going to involve a mass die-off of a large part of the human race, or if we'll get through it. We don't know how or where food is going to be produced, we don't know what basic production technologies we'll be using - but we do know that we've got to rapidly adapt to them, and that it's very hard for rapid adaptation of that kind to be achieved in an anarchic market system.

Political economist Paul Cockshott explores the history and future(s) of human labor and production - as the global capitalist sytem staggers into the crises of climate and it's own contradictions, the next world won't be built on our dreams or wishes, but on labor and value, and the relationship between the two.

Paul is author of How the World Works: The Story of Human Labor from Prehistory to the Modern Day from Monthly Review.

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Paul Cockshott

Paul Cockshott is a computer engineer, working on computer design and teaching computer science at universities in Scotland.


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