Talk: Researching “third way” democratically-run economies with Clojure(Script) - October 28, 2021

For most of the twentieth century, the main models of organizing an economy were markets (“capitalism”) or state-run command planning (“socialism” / “communism”). But since 1991, there has emerged research into a “third way” of organizing an economy, described with the term “democratic planning”. In this talk, based on work in the new book “Democratic Economic Planning” by Robin Hahnel (Routledge, 2021), software engineer (and “Democratic Economic Planning” contributor) Mitchell Szczepanczyk will demonstrate research on the feasibility of one of these models of democratic planning, with Clojure-and-ClojureScript-powered computerized simulations of an economy. To explain the full context of this research, Mitchell will ask viewers to join him on a whirlwind tour on a variety of topics — including economics, 20th century history, the environment, different computer programming languages, and mathematics, in addition to Clojure and ClojureScript.

Thursday, October 28, 2021
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CDT (Chicago time)

Online event


This should be a very interesting talk and session for any who are interested in exploring the computer simulation work that has been done regarding participatory planning. Anyone who wants to ask penetrating questions about what has been done, why it was done as it was, and what further simulation research is needed should find this session very valuable. Mitchell is the “go to” person on all of this.

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The presentation has been recorded and is now online:

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Great talk, thanks for sharing!!

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