So I’m in my first year of seriously reading and from Marx, Lenin, Luxembourg and even more libby books like Republic of Walmart I’ve noticed a reoccurring side theme of capitalism ultimately, like previous econ system has a technological limit. From my brief time as a lab rat I’ve noticed with the whole grant begging and patent system hamstrings science and innovation.

So are there any books that focus on this concept from a Marxist lens of sorts? Bonus if they are written by someone with a more STEM-y background.

I don’t have any book suggestions myself I’m afraid, but if I remember right, the use of the transistor was delayed extensively because of how lucrative it was to sell older and considerably more expensive vacuum tubes instead.

I’m just looking at the Wikipedia article for vacuum tubes now, and it says that transistors/semiconductors were invented in the 1940s, but didn’t really start replacing vacuum tubes until the 1960s. Because technological advancement increases exponentially instead of linearly, who knows what point in technological advancement we would be at today if the switch between the two technologies happened 20-something years earlier.


I’m reading Paul Cockshott’s How the World Works right now (you can find on libgen), it’s probably what you’re looking for. There are a lot of sections about how undervaluing labor’s contribution, and paying extremely low wages, stifles innovation, because the startup costs associated with research, tech, and MOP are higher than the cost of labor. So tech growth has slowed down to ~1-2% even in the relatively high wage countries of the global north, but also in the global south too, because labor is so universally cheap.

This is similar to how the Roman empire had slowed tech innovation because the cheap price of slave labor.


As far as the patent system and grant stuff, I’m sure that even liberal writers have written good works about that.


I’ll be taking a look at that, meets what I was thinking about. I’m really surprised there aren’t more easily recalled works on the subject, maybe its too obvious.

Discussion Community for fellow Marxist-Leninists and other Marxists.

Rules for /c/communism

Rules that visitors must follow to participate. May be used as reasons to report or ban.

  1. No non-marxists

This subreddit is here to facilitate discussion between marxists.

There are other communities aimed at helping along new communists. This community isn’t here to convert naysayers to marxism.

If you are a member of the police, armed forces, or any other part of the repressive state apparatus of capitalist nations, you will be banned.

  1. No oppressive language

Do not attempt to justify your use of oppressive language.

Doing this will almost assuredly result in a ban. Accept the criticism in a principled manner, edit your post or comment accordingly, and move on, learning from your mistake.

We believe that speech, like everything else, has a class character, and that some speech can be oppressive. This is why speech that is patriarchal, white supremacist, cissupremacist, homophobic, ableist, or otherwise oppressive is banned.

TERF is not a slur.

  1. No low quality or off-topic posts

Posts that are low-effort or otherwise irrelevant will be removed.

This is not a place to engage in meta-drama or discuss random reactionaries on lemmy or anywhere else.

This includes memes and circlejerking.

This includes most images, such as random books or memorabilia you found.

We ask that amerikan posters refrain from posting about US bourgeois politics. The rest of the world really doesn’t care that much.

  1. No basic questions about marxism

Posts asking entry-level questions will be removed.

Questions like “What is Maoism?” or “Why do Stalinists believe what they do?” will be removed, as they are not the focus on this forum.

  1. No sectarianism

Marxists of all tendencies are welcome here.

Refrain from sectarianism, defined here as unprincipled criticism. Posts trash-talking a certain tendency or marxist figure will be removed. Circlejerking, throwing insults around, and other pettiness is unacceptable.

If criticisms must be made, make them in a principled manner, applying Marxist analysis.

The goal of this subreddit is the accretion of theory and knowledge and the promotion of quality discussion and criticism.

Check out ProleWiki for a communist wikipedia.