Helmut Dunkhase was born in 1944 in a small village in Lower Saxony. At 22, he went to (West) Berlin to study and there he joined the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin (SEW) in 1971. After 1989, Dunkhase was briefly a member of the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) before joining the German Communist Party (DKP) in 1995.
From 1978 to 2007 he worked as a teacher of mathematics, computer science and music at a grammar school.
Since the 1990s, Dunkhase has been working on political economy and the application of information technology to social planning. Articles on this can be found on his website. In 2006, he translated and edited Paul Cockshott and Allin Cottrell’s book “Towards a New Socialism” into German under the title “Alternativen aus dem Rechner”. His book “Plädoyer für Planwirtschaft: Vom Umgang mit Widersprüchen in DDR, Sowjetunion und VR China” (A Plea for a Planned Economy: Dealing with Contradictions in the GDR, the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China) was published in 2021.
Helmut Dunkhase describes the origins of market-oriented reforms in the socialist states (1950s/60s)