Beyond the Noise: Market vs planet – the case for a planned economy

Ben Wray

Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.

IN THIS week’s podcast Jamieson is joined by Scottish computer scientist, Marxist economist and a reader at the University of Glasgow Paul Cockshott to discuss why economic planning is both viable and necessary in the era of climate crisis.

They discuss:

00:39 – What went wrong with the model of economic planning in the USSR, and does it foreclose the idea of economic planning into the future?

10:22 – What are the inefficiencies and rationalities facing the global capitalist system today in the face of major challenges?

19:55 – How socialist economists recognised the threat of climate change in the 1970s and began urging energy development plans on that basis.

26:29 – What makes economic planning viable as a method of overcoming societies challenges today?

Picture: Lorna Miller

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