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    Re: Is Communism the best fit for society?

    The ideology of capitalism

    • People need freedom
    • When people compete against one another, they achieve greater things
    • Some people have more than others because they make better use of their abilities
    • Governments should not interfere with the rights of individuals to make their own living
    • The government should interfere in the economy as little as possible

    The ideology of communism

    • People need one another
    • When people work together as equals, they achieve greater things
    • No-one should have more than anyone else - everybody's needs are equally important
    • Governments should make sure that everyone's needs are being met
    • There is central control of the economy

    https://www.sahistory.org.za/article...t-start-russia

    If you contrast and compare ideologies of capitalism with communism, you reach striking conclusions about why communism is not a good fit for society.


    1. For all human societies, “freedom” appears to be a very important condition for the development and survival of citizens, or, if you will, subjects of the state. It is directly related to people’s competencies. As I have proposed, competence is a basic condition of humans inasmuch as it motivates people to develop and nurture their abilities. Moreover, the issue of “competency” assumes people are not equal, and therefore are not inhibited by restrictions to develop their best abilities.


    The military is a good example of what happens when people are subject to commandments, rather than opportunities to realize human potential. We know, of course, the necessity of military discipline for the successful defeat of an enemy. Does the military, however, inhibit freedom to develop one’s full potential. We can discuss the military with ideas about both advantages and disadvantages of military life as it pertains to human potential. The most crucial idea for “military repression” is basic training where military recruits learn military discipline so as to function as a unit to defeat an enemy. Recruits in bootcamp are subject to discipline to learn military standards and skills to defeat an enemy. After the recruit has been disciplined to military rule, the soldier, or sailor is assigned to regimental groups to learn specialties enabling them to use weapons and techniques to attack and defeat the enemy. It is during the secondary phase of military training that the soldier or sailor becomes a formidable adversary for defeating the enemy by developing competencies for military tasks. In coordination with other members, recruits learn to utilize weaponry or military assets necessary to attack and destroy the enemy. If, after bootcamp training, or officer training programs, the soldier or sailor, is not assigned to additional training to optimize competencies, there would be no utilization of human potential for a successful military operation.

    What is important in our example of military discipline is the method by which it produces an army or navy. Bootcamp training is necessary to teach recruits military discipline to carry out orders for the successful completion of battle plans. After the first phase of bootcamp training, experienced military personnel determine, according to tests, military drills, and professional acumen, the proper allocation of men for training programs. Subsequently, we have a well-trained army or navy prepared to defeat an enemy.

    There are numerous examples of how people are processed in the armed forces, or in civilian training programs for the efficient allocation of human resources. The list for the allocation for human labor includes military training, vocational schools, on the job training programs, college and university programs, and, of course, the competitive marketplace where survival or termination of a good or service is determined by job performance.

    In short, the means by which human resources are utilized depends on “competency needs” and how those needs are fulfilled in most areas of human activity. Capitalism has succeeded as a social and economic system primarily because it allows for an efficient use of human resources in numerous areas of activity. Communism, on the other hand, restricts freedom for individuals to realize “competency needs,” therefore stifling individual freedom.

    One may equate communism with an army or navy inasmuch as it is government control of human capital. However, even though the government proposes equality, it utilizes knowledge of social differences for soldiers and sailors for the efficient use of military forces. However, in the marketplace, a communist government violates individual freedom by allocating labor through stifling government bureaucracies and controls impinging on individual freedoms. By not allowing the free market to determine proper utilization of human resources, a communist government causes inefficiency in the marketplace.

    In central planning offices removed from government owned companies, and not in direct contact with market demands or fluctuations, government bureaucrats plan for the allocation of material resources and labor, the consequences of which are inefficiencies of productivity and wasteful use of human resources.

    While a communist government may have a lethal armed force capable of defending the nation or defeating an enemy, it’s economy may be in jeopardy from the inefficient allocation of labor and material resources. This phenomenon of government control producing military efficiencies while at the same time bringing about economic dysfunctions leading to national disaster is found with the collapse of the USSR, the decline of the Cuban economy, the eminent collapse of Venezuela, and other government failures. The crux of the problem for these communist nations is while they may be able to produce effective military forces, they cannot, because of economic failures, sustain the nation.

    While a communist government may have an efficient military, it cannot sustain military operations without a well-functioning market with capital expenditures from the efficient sale of goods and services. For several decades, in the USSR, the government controlled the economy with relative success until the free market world economy impacted with more efficient uses of labor and material resources. Thus, we have an example of world nations defeating a communist nation with free markets, or more efficient allocation of labor with “competency needs” of workers more fully utilized.

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    Re: Is Communism the best fit for society?

    Communist societies are controlled by a huge government bureaucracy with corrupt government officials. Whereas before the communist revolution when the nation was capitalism, economic activities depended on successful entrepreneurs or businessmen. Under communism extravagant homes or mansions are occupied by communist officials who have little understanding of business operations. Numerous examples of what happens to private property in the new communist society are found in the history of communist revolutions. After the USSR took over Eastern Europe following WW II, communist officials displaced successful businessmen and occupied their property, therefore living affluent lifestyles without sufficient knowledge or understanding of business, the result of which was a deteriorating economy.

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    Re: Is Communism the best fit for society?

    Look how communist countries growth up

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    Re: Is Communism the best fit for society?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grameruuu View Post
    Look how communist countries growth up
    Where are the examples of communist nations becoming superior to capitalist nations? In order to analysis, you must present principles. If the basis is freedom, communism fails. If the basis is economic prosperity, communism fails. If you mean equality, communism may succeed at the expense of freedom and economic prosperity. In short, a society managed by communist leaders will fail if the main criteria is economic prosperity, or daily work activities where most people spend their time.

    After a communist revolution, there is a short period of economic success as societal resources are deployed to maximize economic activities. Then, extreme inefficiencies kick in as business or economic activities become incumbered with bureaucratic inefficiencies as well as misallocation of economic resources.

    Oh, yes, we have "communes" based on living together in harmony, or in an utopian world. Based on history, failure rates for communes is very high as communal arrangements become awkward. Equality based rules, although earnestly adopted, collapses as social relations are strained from daily activities as members attempt to adapt to real world issues and problems. Traditional values are discarded and replaced with new "communal rules and regulations." Communes fail as members find that "reinventing the wheel" doesn't work. What they find is all those norms and values from traditional societies are not necessarily wrong. Mostly, communes are mini-rebellious societies where people attempt to make their ideals real, but in the course of living out the new social order, they find discord and dysfunctions. It is difficult to create a new social order when the old social order has redeeming qualities. Ha. ha.
    Last edited by Cnance; 05-23-2019 at 02:34 PM.

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