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"why is communism impossible?"


  

          

in your opinion? Obviously I'm speaking to those who hold this opinion.

I've not really thought really heavily about socio-political topics in a while, but lately I've been doing a lot of reading and thinking. Back in high school I always used to have debates about why/how communism was possible so I've heard a lot of the arguments.

But I saw someone in a post make reference to something being as "improbable as communism" or something to that effect.

At any rate, those of you who believe this, why do you?

  

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*looks over shoulder for pinko panther*
Mar 06th 2005
1
Can you try elaborating on that?
Mar 06th 2005
2
I don't feel they can be created.
Mar 06th 2005
5
      RE: I don't feel they can be created.
Mar 06th 2005
9
      You are being unfair.
Mar 06th 2005
12
           RE: You are being unfair.
Mar 07th 2005
23
                RE: I think you are being unrealistic...Peace/nm
Mar 07th 2005
57
      The idea of communism is that the state is supposed to wither away.
Mar 07th 2005
25
           that's exactly the point
Mar 07th 2005
34
           Well, it hasn't happened has it?
Mar 07th 2005
51
RE: *looks over shoulder for pinko panther*
Mar 06th 2005
7
      Holla at post 5 right quick.
Mar 06th 2005
8
RE: why is communism impossible?
Mar 06th 2005
3
Why a century?
Mar 06th 2005
14
allow me to answer for him, lol
Mar 06th 2005
15
      WE are all Inately Greedy
Mar 07th 2005
18
      incorrect
Mar 07th 2005
19
           RE: its not one or the other, we don't know...nm
Mar 07th 2005
58
      In thhe meantime, what power keeps folks in-line?
Mar 07th 2005
39
Communism is Possible
Mar 07th 2005
26
RE: why is communism impossible?
Mar 06th 2005
4
Big Government is Not the issue!
Mar 10th 2005
68
RE: why is communism impossible?
Mar 06th 2005
6
RE: why is communism impossible?
Mar 06th 2005
10
      RE: why is communism impossible?
Mar 06th 2005
13
           well, i was trying to draw out.
Mar 07th 2005
20
one more thing
Mar 06th 2005
11
it will never work because...
Mar 07th 2005
16
and capitalism favors individuality?
Mar 07th 2005
21
RE: and capitalism favors individuality?
Mar 07th 2005
28
RE: and capitalism favors individuality?
Mar 07th 2005
37
i think your idea of capitalism is skewed.
Mar 07th 2005
36
      RE: i think your idea of capitalism is skewed.
Mar 29th 2005
70
How free is capitalism?
Mar 07th 2005
53
RE: How free is capitalism?
Mar 08th 2005
59
      RE: How free is capitalism?
Mar 08th 2005
60
      its all so confusing
Mar 08th 2005
64
           RE: its all so confusing
Mar 09th 2005
65
           Well, is America true capitalism?
Mar 09th 2005
67
           RE: its all so confusing
Mar 10th 2005
69
           RE: its all so confusing
Mar 09th 2005
66
           they do the same thing in capitalist / "free market" economies
Mar 29th 2005
77
      *bites*.... please USE USSR as an example.
Mar 29th 2005
76
RE: it will never work because...
Mar 07th 2005
56
Just like with Capitalism...
Mar 07th 2005
17
RE: Just like with Capitalism...
Mar 07th 2005
22
      You have to...
Mar 07th 2005
24
           RE: You have to...
Mar 07th 2005
27
                I would never...
Mar 07th 2005
31
                     RE: I would never...
Mar 07th 2005
41
Because man is an inherantly flawed creature
Mar 07th 2005
29
RE: Because man is an inherantly flawed creature
Mar 07th 2005
30
      That's what...
Mar 07th 2005
32
      RE: That's what...
Mar 07th 2005
43
      in a capitalist society
Mar 07th 2005
40
           RE: in a capitalist society
Mar 07th 2005
44
           but a capitalist society is built to accomodate that
Mar 07th 2005
46
                RE: but a capitalist society is built to accomodate that
Mar 07th 2005
55
                     it's a nice dream
Mar 08th 2005
61
           you could argue that capitalism brings out "good"
Mar 07th 2005
45
                the environmentalist in me says
Mar 07th 2005
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                RE: you could argue that capitalism brings out "good"
Mar 29th 2005
71
human nature
Mar 07th 2005
33
RE: human nature
Mar 29th 2005
72
Why arn't people always nice to each other?
Mar 07th 2005
35
So, what you are implying...
Mar 07th 2005
38
      RE: So, what you are implying...
Mar 07th 2005
42
           Sarcasm aside...
Mar 07th 2005
48
                RE: Sarcasm aside...
Mar 07th 2005
50
                     Let me simplify...
Mar 07th 2005
52
                          RE: Let me simplify...
Mar 07th 2005
54
How are resources shared globally in communism?
Mar 07th 2005
49
ahhh, great questions
Mar 29th 2005
74
Keep it localized and it just might work.
Mar 08th 2005
62
Face it, its impossible
Mar 08th 2005
63
reply 74
Mar 29th 2005
75
short answer
Mar 29th 2005
73
Because...
Mar 29th 2005
78
RE: Because...
Mar 29th 2005
79
RE: Because...
Apr 01st 2005
83
Communism is not impossible it is just the fact that the shit
Mar 29th 2005
80
people are too selfish and greedy
Mar 30th 2005
81
RE: people are too selfish and greedy
Mar 30th 2005
82

FireBrand
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1. "*looks over shoulder for pinko panther*"
In response to Reply # 0


  

          

Because it doesn't address the issue of power, and the fact that certain people desire it more than they do justice, peace, or seemless government.



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2. "Can you try elaborating on that?"
In response to Reply # 1


  

          

Because it seems to assume that money is the only source of power. What's to say that power nodes are incompatible with communism? Are you saying that communism presupposes a non-power or post-power paradigm for people? And if so, do you think that the conditions for such a paradigm can be created?

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And nobody's really feelin alright
I got a blunt for my chronic
A juice for my tonic
I know now
That I'm feelin right if it goes down"
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"perky breasts go with anything....its like the black shoe."
-- my nigga my bruh, OKP thashadow

"I've spoken to women that said they deserved men that made 6 digits, when I asked what they were bringin' to the table, they ran their hands down their malformed bodies, like that's enough."
--OKP Grand_Royal, on chickenheads


"Alphas are that good high...stick witcha, you can't shake that shit...like heroin. You'll always be addicted."
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FireBrand
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5. "I don't feel they can be created."
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People are always going to look for an advantage. Communism, IMO assumes that everybody will assume a role and put the state above personal power struggles. Power isn't just about money it's about Military strength, Intelligence, control of key resources, etc...

When you look at the failure of communism IMO you really see the failure of implementation of a "utopia" state. I just don't feel humans are capable of pulling it off.

You talk about socialism in it's application, and in large part you are also talking about megadeath: Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Mao...

You would think that in a period of mass political consciousness and increased literacy that you would have a working class that wouldn't allow for power struggles like this. They woulda nipped it in the bud, right? Well, no. Not when lenin is responsible for around 8 million deaths, Stalin 20 million, Hitler at 17million, etc...

what you had was a "Coercive Utopia" (c) Brezinski

And what IMO is the inevitable evolution from socialism to totalitarianism.




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"its wierd when they have some middle aged white man sitten there... "u've killed about 8 cops by now!"
shit i dont even think of it like that when im playing...its
all about context.
those psychologists are running a hustle...they know good
and well 1 out of every several thousand kids actually lets
these games affect them like that..but that ONE is making
them millions. cant knock da hustle!!"
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mc_delta_t
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9. "RE: I don't feel they can be created."
In response to Reply # 5


  

          

>People are always going to look for an advantage.

I don't think this is true, I think it's human nature to survive, not to be greedy, or control.

>Communism, IMO assumes that everybody will assume a role
>and put the state above personal power struggles. Power
>isn't just about money it's about Military strength,
>Intelligence, control of key resources, etc...
>
>When you look at the failure of communism IMO you really see
>the failure of implementation of a "utopia" state. I just
>don't feel humans are capable of pulling it off.

Now see, this is where i really start to have a problem with these arguments. I don't understand why humans WOULDN'T be capable of "pulling this off".

>You talk about socialism in it's application, and in large
>part you are also talking about megadeath: Hitler, Stalin,
>Lenin, Mao...

Um, Columbus, George Washington, The Crusades. I don't think it is socialism that is the driving force behind mass murder/opression by powerful figures.

>You would think that in a period of mass political
>consciousness and increased literacy that you would have a
>working class that wouldn't allow for power struggles like
>this. They woulda nipped it in the bud, right? Well, no.
>Not when lenin is responsible for around 8 million deaths,
>Stalin 20 million, Hitler at 17million, etc...
>
>what you had was a "Coercive Utopia" (c) Brezinski
>
>And what IMO is the inevitable evolution from socialism to
>totalitarianism.

  

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12. "You are being unfair."
In response to Reply # 9


  

          

>>People are always going to look for an advantage.
>
>I don't think this is true, I think it's human nature to
>survive, not to be greedy, or control.
>
>>Communism, IMO assumes that everybody will assume a role
>>and put the state above personal power struggles. Power
>>isn't just about money it's about Military strength,
>>Intelligence, control of key resources, etc...
>>
>>When you look at the failure of communism IMO you really see
>>the failure of implementation of a "utopia" state. I just
>>don't feel humans are capable of pulling it off.

>Now see, this is where i really start to have a problem with
>these arguments. I don't understand why humans WOULDN'T be
>capable of "pulling this off".


Where in human history do you have an example of us "pulling it off?"

>
>>You talk about socialism in it's application, and in large
>>part you are also talking about megadeath: Hitler, Stalin,
>>Lenin, Mao...
>
>Um, Columbus, George Washington, The Crusades. I don't think
>it is socialism that is the driving force behind mass
>murder/opression by powerful figures.

That's not what I said. And still the numbers PALE in comparison. Any application of societal control is gonna be bloody in it's implementation on the state and international level. Folk don't wanna do things YOUR way. They want to do it THEIR way. In the process, folk die...I'm saying tho. Them numbers for communism/socialism aint exactly minute.

>
>>You would think that in a period of mass political
>>consciousness and increased literacy that you would have a
>>working class that wouldn't allow for power struggles like
>>this. They woulda nipped it in the bud, right? Well, no.
>>Not when lenin is responsible for around 8 million deaths,
>>Stalin 20 million, Hitler at 17million, etc...
>>
>>what you had was a "Coercive Utopia" (c) Brezinski
>>
>>And what IMO is the inevitable evolution from socialism to
>>totalitarianism.

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"its wierd when they have some middle aged white man sitten there... "u've killed about 8 cops by now!"
shit i dont even think of it like that when im playing...its
all about context.
those psychologists are running a hustle...they know good
and well 1 out of every several thousand kids actually lets
these games affect them like that..but that ONE is making
them millions. cant knock da hustle!!"
-- (c) A certain OKP that doesn't like violence in Hip Hop, but Accepts Violence in Video Games.











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23. "RE: You are being unfair."
In response to Reply # 12


  

          

>Where in human history do you have an example of us "pulling
>it off?"

so you think capitalism is "working"?

obviously communism has never existed, only socialsm, and it failed for a myriad of reasons, one of the largest being these were socialist states surrounded by capitalism

>>>You talk about socialism in it's application, and in large
>>>part you are also talking about megadeath: Hitler, Stalin,
>>>Lenin, Mao...
>>
>>Um, Columbus, George Washington, The Crusades. I don't think
>>it is socialism that is the driving force behind mass
>>murder/opression by powerful figures.
>
>That's not what I said. And still the numbers PALE in
>comparison. Any application of societal control is gonna be
>bloody in it's implementation on the state and international
>level. Folk don't wanna do things YOUR way. They want to
>do it THEIR way. In the process, folk die...I'm saying
>tho. Them numbers for communism/socialism aint exactly
>minute.

But people need to realize there is a goal that is more important that "doing things my way", and what I mean is that if people are willing to sacrafice some personal "freedom" (freedom in the sense of freedom to own big cars, jewlery, and home theater systems) it would be to the benifit of humankind

And as far as doing things my way goes, who does things their way under capitalism? The rich. Do the people who work shitty jobs 60 hours a week to try and feed a family have freedom? Are the mcdonalds workers doing things "their way"? Do these people go "y'know, I'd LIKE to work in shitty conditions for little money with an asshole manager"?

People have this idea, largley because of the vilification of communism, that under communism you would not be able to make any decisiions, and would have your time laid out for you day by day. This is simply not true, why do you think communist orginizations fought for the 40 hour work week? It's all ABOUT workers rights. In the sense that yes, peole will always have to work, but the work you are doing should be for the benifit of EVERYONE. Not just those who pay you for your time. The work you do should be something that help people, because if everyone did that, everyone would Be helped.

And when not working, you can do what you like, have a fucking picknik, go to a ball game, but yes, it is a requirement that you put in your work.

  

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57. "RE: I think you are being unrealistic...Peace/nm"
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Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black
Now if you can't respect that, your whole perspective is whack
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25. "The idea of communism is that the state is supposed to wither away."
In response to Reply # 5


  

          

Factor that into your argument.

<-- Slicka than ya average.

"Alphas are that good high...stick witcha, you can't shake that shit...like heroin. You'll always be addicted."
--OKP novembersgift

"It's a war in the streets tonight
And nobody's really feelin alright
I got a blunt for my chronic
A juice for my tonic
I know now
That I'm feelin right if it goes down"
-- Nas, "War"

"perky breasts go with anything....its like the black shoe."
-- my nigga my bruh, OKP thashadow

"I've spoken to women that said they deserved men that made 6 digits, when I asked what they were bringin' to the table, they ran their hands down their malformed bodies, like that's enough."
--OKP Grand_Royal, on chickenheads


"Alphas are that good high...stick witcha, you can't shake that shit...like heroin. You'll always be addicted."
--OKP novembersgift

  

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34. "that's exactly the point"
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the people in power run the state, and they're not gonna give up that power by letting the state wither away.

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51. "Well, it hasn't happened has it?"
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How many chances you want at something before you realize it aint fittna work?


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"its wierd when they have some middle aged white man sitten there... "u've killed about 8 cops by now!"
shit i dont even think of it like that when im playing...its
all about context.
those psychologists are running a hustle...they know good
and well 1 out of every several thousand kids actually lets
these games affect them like that..but that ONE is making
them millions. cant knock da hustle!!"
-- (c) A certain OKP that doesn't like violence in Hip Hop, but Accepts Violence in Video Games.











_________________
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"Slaves got options...cowards aint got shit." --PS
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7. "RE: *looks over shoulder for pinko panther*"
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>Because it doesn't address the issue of power, and the fact
>that certain people desire it more than they do justice,
>peace, or seemless government.

But do you really think this is something built into these people from birth? As in a part of their nature?

Cause I'd assume that it was largley, if not completely societal. People want power because power is exerted over them. If you did live in a society where esentially everyone was equal, why would you have a drive to assume power over people? Then again, I'm obviously not of that mindstate, so I don't know why one would want that.

  

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8. "Holla at post 5 right quick."
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jewel asked a similar question.

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"its wierd when they have some middle aged white man sitten there... "u've killed about 8 cops by now!"
shit i dont even think of it like that when im playing...its
all about context.
those psychologists are running a hustle...they know good
and well 1 out of every several thousand kids actually lets
these games affect them like that..but that ONE is making
them millions. cant knock da hustle!!"
-- (c) A certain OKP that doesn't like violence in Hip Hop, but Accepts Violence in Video Games.











_________________
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"Slaves got options...cowards aint got shit." --PS
"Once upon a time, little need existed for making the distinction between a nigga and a black—at least not in this country, the place where niggas were invented" -- Donnell A

  

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3. "RE: why is communism impossible?"
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Just like Capitalism, Communism needs a century to truly develop.....

  

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14. "Why a century?"
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"its wierd when they have some middle aged white man sitten there... "u've killed about 8 cops by now!"
shit i dont even think of it like that when im playing...its
all about context.
those psychologists are running a hustle...they know good
and well 1 out of every several thousand kids actually lets
these games affect them like that..but that ONE is making
them millions. cant knock da hustle!!"
-- (c) A certain OKP that doesn't like violence in Hip Hop, but Accepts Violence in Video Games.











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"Slaves got options...cowards aint got shit." --PS
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15. "allow me to answer for him, lol"
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I don't know if this is what he is talking about or not. But as far as communism, you would need many generations to get people to a point where everyone can wrap their minds around a clasless society after so many years of capitalism.

You would have to teach the new generations of children how to relate in this new society. Basically get to a point where the people who remember what real greed is, and may have some of those feelings of such material lust and the idea that "progress = money" to be dead and gone, or rather those ideas. Till we have a comlpete society of people who grasp the notion that their work is for the benifit of everyone, including, but not nessicarily most importantly, themselves.

  

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18. "WE are all Inately Greedy"
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19. "incorrect"
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58. "RE: its not one or the other, we don't know...nm"
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~
This is the life I chose, or rather the life that chose me
If you can't respect that, your whole perspective is whack
Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black
If you can't respect that, your whole perspective is whack
Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black
Now if you can't respect that, your whole perspective is whack
Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black
If you can't respect that, your whole perspective is whack
Maybe you'll love me when I fade to black.. {*fading out*}

let's play ping pong ■

  

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39. "In thhe meantime, what power keeps folks in-line?"
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How do you curb the urge to return to capitalism long enough for "pure" communists to be born?

It seems like some sort of government is needed to plant thhe seeds of this government-less society.

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26. "Communism is Possible"
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Human history has been in general about community(Commune) without digging too deep. Think about all the reasons why people in villages or small towns tend to share more based on the resources available to them. I Agreed that communism has not had the evolutionary process that capitalism has been due. Hence, human total need for complete greed is a new thing in our development.

Seriously, historical references can be made to indigenous nations globally and we will see signs & practices of commune living from Africans, Celtics, Asians and Native Nations in America.

One of the major failures of communism is the new to compete with capitalism which really was either or. Theorists suggest process while the political leadership wanted to leap directly into results.

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4. "RE: why is communism impossible?"
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It isn't. There are only 2 viable arguments I've ever heard over hundreds of debates:

- that there would be no motivation for people to work harder and strive to be better without the incentive of $$$. This however is clearly bullshit, it is simply our culture of greed that promotes this way of thinking, not human nature. Enivironment is WAAAAY more important than genetics in the making of our mentality, and our environment is a greedy ass capitalistic one.

- that such a large central government that would be necessary to run a communist state would lead to a huge build up in bureaucracy and an inefficient infrastructure. This however is another myth created by the common misconception that Soviet Russia was a properly communist country. It was not. The idea that good management and efficient use of resources could only be made in a market economy in the search of money is in my eyes a ridiculous proposition. Soviet Russia was one giant mess, but it didn't have to be.

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68. "Big Government is Not the issue!"
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What did people do before government? They depended on each other for life and survival...hence motivation for work that benefit all in the society...meaningful work.

The second argument about big government is misleading. The so-called communist states(China, USSR) have(had) a hierarchy that usually starts at the village level, something very similiar in capitallist systems: town coucil, mayor...

  

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6. "RE: why is communism impossible?"
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look at society as a junior highschool..

different people according to their wants , interests and values congregate together based on their similarities and or differences....and some groups have more of a "dominant personality" and hence can affect the overall society more than others.....


goverments are 1 of those groups.

and they mutate and disolve etc through time just like anything else.

its not a matter of "working" or "not working" ... they maintain or disolve based on the make-up of their consituency and how well they reciprocate the wants and desires of that constituency.... but just like a human being - they eventually die.

just like "united states democracy" (whatever that is) will eventually die.


in my opinion no "goverments" really "work" - they're just a subcollective form of social manipulation - or "social organization" ( depending on how you look at it) - and how well they fufill that task defines how long they "live".

but all civilizations fall in time.

You are on a rock spinning around the sun. It is a very oppressive system.

  

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10. "RE: why is communism impossible?"
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>look at society as a junior highschool..
>
>different people according to their wants , interests and
>values congregate together based on their similarities and
>or differences....and some groups have more of a "dominant
>personality" and hence can affect the overall society more
>than others.....

But we've only ever witnessed these interactions in the confines of our capitalist society. The world we all grew up in obviously shapes out mentalities.

>goverments are 1 of those groups.
>
>and they mutate and disolve etc through time just like
>anything else.
>
>its not a matter of "working" or "not working" ... they
>maintain or disolve based on the make-up of their
>consituency and how well they reciprocate the wants and
>desires of that constituency.... but just like a human being
>- they eventually die.
>
>just like "united states democracy" (whatever that is) will
>eventually die.
>
>
>in my opinion no "goverments" really "work" - they're just a
>subcollective form of social manipulation - or "social
>organization" ( depending on how you look at it) - and how
>well they fufill that task defines how long they "live".
>
>but all civilizations fall in time.

so, what you are saying is rather than working towards a time when people will have equality, we should just not bother cause it's all going to crumble at some point?

  

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13. "RE: why is communism impossible?"
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lmao..

no ... I said what I said.

u shouldn't put words into peoples mouths.



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20. "well, i was trying to draw out."
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what i saw as the sentimate behind your explination

  

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11. "one more thing"
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this is in respone to a lot fo the previous posts so I'm putting it here

people will try to assume power, people will try to amass material possesions, and that is something that would have to be dealt with on an individual basis, by the community

and no, i'm not talking about lynch mobs, i'm talking about community action, communication, and procedure

  

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16. "it will never work because..."
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people want to live freely and freedom favors the individual not the community.

  

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21. "and capitalism favors individuality?"
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and is freedom? where a small group of people control a large percentages of the resources and are therefore in a position to tell the masses what to do?

true communism should cherish individuality

just because you are working for the good of the commiunity does not mean you are a robot with no idividuality

  

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28. "RE: and capitalism favors individuality?"
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co-sign!

Foxesn - u think freedom is allowing a system where the rich can afford to do what they please, get good healthcare, get a good education and pass on their wealth to the next generation to succeed again? While the poor live in slums, with bad education and little or no hope of ever prospering? Ahhhh - what freedom!

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37. "RE: and capitalism favors individuality?"
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>co-sign!
>
>Foxesn - u think freedom is allowing a system where the rich
>can afford to do what they please, get good healthcare, get
>a good education and pass on their wealth to the next
>generation to succeed again? While the poor live in slums,
>with bad education and little or no hope of ever prospering?
>Ahhhh - what freedom!

no, i believe freedom is allowing every person to realize their full potential as a human being on this earth as far as it does not inflict damage on another person against his/her will.

  

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36. "i think your idea of capitalism is skewed."
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>and is freedom? where a small group of people control a
>large percentages of the resources and are therefore in a
>position to tell the masses what to do?

its not about telling people what to do. capitalism is about fair trade. that is, where two groups come together and agree on a deal.

>true communism should cherish individuality

how can you cherish individuality when you are asked to give things up for the sake of other people? eg. money
>
>just because you are working for the good of the commiunity
>does not mean you are a robot with no idividuality

please explain. im not thinking of communists as robots, rather, people who are forced by the majority to give up their freedoms, beliefs.

  

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70. "RE: i think your idea of capitalism is skewed."
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I think it's the other way around potna

>>and is freedom? where a small group of people control a
>>large percentages of the resources and are therefore in a
>>position to tell the masses what to do?
>
>its not about telling people what to do. capitalism is about
>fair trade. that is, where two groups come together and agree
>on a deal.

Fair trade will never exist under capitalism. For capitalism to function, there always has to be a large lower class, and they aint gettin' the fair trade end of the stick.

>>true communism should cherish individuality
>
>how can you cherish individuality when you are asked to give
>things up for the sake of other people? eg. money

I don't follow your logic. Asking people to give up material wealth for the sake of community doesn't in any way negate individuality.

>>just because you are working for the good of the commiunity
>>does not mean you are a robot with no idividuality
>
>please explain. im not thinking of communists as robots,
>rather, people who are forced by the majority to give up their
>freedoms, beliefs.

But you're talking about "freedoms" in narrow lines, specifically meterial wealth. Yes, you wold be forced to give that up, but I don't see that as a bad thing at all.

As far as beliefs, communism should not seek to crush religion, it just shouldn't sponsor it. People should be free to worship as they please, with the hope that, as we advance people will drop religion of their own accord seeing that it isn't needed.

  

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53. "How free is capitalism?"
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And compare that freedom to the individual freedoms enjoyed by those in communist states in the past.

you'd be suprised how close they are in many regards.




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59. "RE: How free is capitalism?"
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>And compare that freedom to the individual freedoms enjoyed
>by those in communist states in the past.

well you gotta name some 'communist states' first. whenever i bring up russia people say that wasnt really communist. others, to cover the whole 100 million people dieing under communism arguement, come back saying there actually hasnt been a true communist state.

  

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60. "RE: How free is capitalism?"
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firebrand is wrong - every so-called communist state that has ever existed has to my knowledge been horribly oppressive and as it seems the norm these days to describe it, unfree (though I'm not sure exactly what thats supposed to mean). The fact is no true communist state has ever existed, not Russia, not China, not Cuba, nowhere - just to clarify.

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64. "its all so confusing"
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>firebrand is wrong - every so-called communist state that
>has ever existed has to my knowledge been horribly
>oppressive and as it seems the norm these days to describe
>it, unfree (though I'm not sure exactly what thats supposed
>to mean). The fact is no true communist state has ever
>existed, not Russia, not China, not Cuba, nowhere - just to
>clarify.

whenever i argue against communism i encounter to different arguements which maked it difficult because i spend half my time trying to figure out where that person is coming from.

if there hasnt been a true communist state ever then proponents of communism are argueing ideals rather than evidence that it would work better than our current systems. which of course throws the debate in circles.

  

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65. "RE: its all so confusing"
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Yes this is true. There is no real evidence for the workings of communism, only theory, so yes its open to debate. ANyone who wants to point to Russia for the potential benefits of communism ain't talking much sense.

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67. "Well, is America true capitalism?"
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?

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69. "RE: its all so confusing"
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i agree. thats why its so hard to debate this sort of thing.

  

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Yes this is true. There is no real evidence for the workings of communism, only theory, so yes its open to debate. ANyone who wants to point to Russia for the potential benefits of communism ain't talking much sense.

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77. "they do the same thing in capitalist / "free market" economies"
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>if there hasnt been a true communist state ever then
>proponents of communism are argueing ideals rather than
>evidence that it would work better than our current systems.
>which of course throws the debate in circles.



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76. "*bites*.... please USE USSR as an example."
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17. "Just like with Capitalism..."
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...there would need to be a spiritual base for Communism to work and survive.

That means a complete change in world view. People would have to have complete faith that nature, life, and justice are of greater importance than the desires of self.

I partially agree with what someone said earlier, that it would take generations for this to happen. But it would be much greater than 100 years. Capitalism has been practiced in different forms for thousands of years and still has not been perfected and is overrun with corruption. Plus, the foundation of capitalism is cemented by spiritual systems that in some way support the ideas and theories of Capitalism.

I think a number of the countries that have tried Communism recognized this and attempted to rid their societies of spiritual or religious systems, but the people as a whole didn't buy into it. Historically, the Christians forced their way of life on the societies that they conquered, but even that took time and interbreeding. Once the people bought into it, though, such beliefs were inseperable from capitalism.

You would need a movement that could rival the influence of Christianity to make Communism a viable economic system.

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22. "RE: Just like with Capitalism..."
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>...there would need to be a spiritual base for Communism to
>work and survive.

no, just no

>That means a complete change in world view. People would
>have to have complete faith that nature, life, and justice
>are of greater importance than the desires of self.

and that amounts to a spiritual base somehow?

>I partially agree with what someone said earlier, that it
>would take generations for this to happen. But it would be
>much greater than 100 years. Capitalism has been practiced
>in different forms for thousands of years and still has not
>been perfected and is overrun with corruption.

there is no "perfected capitalism", you cannot have capitalism withour a large majority of the people being poor, and all the resources pooled at the top

>Plus, the
>foundation of capitalism is cemented by spiritual systems
>that in some way support the ideas and theories of
>Capitalism.

which, imo, is a huge problem

>I think a number of the countries that have tried Communism
>recognized this and attempted to rid their societies of
>spiritual or religious systems, but the people as a whole
>didn't buy into it. Historically, the Christians forced
>their way of life on the societies that they conquered, but
>even that took time and interbreeding. Once the people
>bought into it, though, such beliefs were inseperable from
>capitalism.

>such beliefs were inseperable from
>capitalism.

I agree with that

>You would need a movement that could rival the influence of
>Christianity to make Communism a viable economic system.

Communism is that movement

  

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...explain your disagreement.

"No, just no!" does really say much.

There has to be a ideological acceptance by the masses in order for any political or economic system to work. Tell me one such system that exists independent of some sort of spiritual influence. You can't just throw a system at the feet of a people and expect them to pick it up and run with it. That's why force has been used in the system's establishment...and anything done totally by force will always fail. There has to be a deeper level to the movement. If it's not spiritual, the only other thing I've seen work to change the minds of a group of people is a common history, enemy, or other threat. Ideological speeches won't do it alone.

Unfortunately, greed, to some extent, can be found in most of the world's cultures. How do you rid society of this strong desire? Who has that answer? The only place I've found it is in spiritual belief systems. Individuals can adopt whatever philosophies they wish, but in order for it to work on a grand scale, ties would have to be made between one's spiritual self and the spiritual selves of others.

Please come with a better argument.

Are you disturbed by the word "spirituality" or something?

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>Are you disturbed by the word "spirituality" or something?

I think u just hit the nail on the head. I personally would be careful to use the word spiritual in any instance that did not relate to religion, and religion is the last tool you wanna be using for a revolution. Just call it people ideological beliefs, spirituality is a dangerous word.

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...equate religion and spirituality. I'm all about drawing the distinction between the two.

But name a more effective instrument for long lasting change, whether good or bad. Would the conquest of the Western Hemisphere have been accomplished without the use of the bible along side the sword? Would capitalist beliefs be so engrained within our society if they didn't have a foot hold in the Judao/Christian church? If so, by what means?

The trick about figuring out what could be is to study what has been, which means working backwards with the information that you have at hand. Thus, the purpose of studying and UNDERSTANDING history.

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Don't worry I'm the last person that needs convincing about the significance of history, I'm a history undergraduate! And yes religion has been at the centre of nearly all major events and nearly all societies for the whole of history. But in the modern era I think we've moved away from that, religion is less important than it ever has been. However I see your point, if you wish to use the word spirituality in a non-religious context ie. more of a feeling underpinning a movement, then yes it is essential - I just don't like using that word. Just the problem of semantics I suppose.

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and he has a certain deadly weakness concerning abuse of power.

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30. "RE: Because man is an inherantly flawed creature"
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and this does not occur in a capitalist society?

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32. "That's what..."
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...makes a capitalist a capitalist.

But how do we get "man" to a point where sharing power and wealth equally is a welcome and acceptable practice? Isn't that the reasoning behind Communism?


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43. "RE: That's what..."
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>But how do we get "man" to a point where sharing power and
>wealth equally is a welcome and acceptable practice?

Yeah I don't have a defiite answer to this. I think for me the transition is the real problem. How can we change people's perceptions on wealth? I think really its gonna have to be a slow progression through generations, its faaar to ingrained in our current society to be greedy for any revolution or communist state to work in our lifetimes. But u know, that dosen't mean we shouldn't keep plugging away.

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40. "in a capitalist society"
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greed and power-hungriness help to drive the engine that makes society go

  

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44. "RE: in a capitalist society"
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greed and power-hungriness are indeed what makes the capitalist world go round. But what flashiusclay was saying was that a communist state could not work because people would always abuse their power. I was simply replying that that is no different to how things are now.

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46. "but a capitalist society is built to accomodate that"
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and even profit from it. A communist society presumes a day when people will no longer be power-hungry.

  

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55. "RE: but a capitalist society is built to accomodate that"
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Firstly in a communist society power would not = money. So peoples lust for power could still be fulfilled by aiming to hold positions of power or authority.

Secondly I would say, as i did before, you cannot definitively say what human gentic character is, nobody can. How far are peoples' mentalities affected by genes, how much by environment. The most common consensus, and one I'd support, is that it has far far more to do with environment. And our environment tells us from the day we're born to be greedy. If the social norm changed to a world where unselfishness was normal, the world could be a whole lot better place. I know most people reading this will see me as some idealistic crackhead. However think how far your perception of reality is influenced by your surroundings. The idea of general unselfishness probably seems as ridiculous as people 300 years ago thinking that the monarchy could be overthrown. Things always seem idealistic and impossible before the event, but in hindsight obvious. One day I beleive this will be true of communism.

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61. "it's a nice dream"
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But with modern society evolving as it is, I don't see communism happening anytime in the next few hundred years, and beyond that, who can even predict?

  

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45. "you could argue that capitalism brings out "good""
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you could argue that in the last hundred years "capitalism" or "capitalist organiztion" ( whatever that means ) has been largly or partly responsbile for mass resource extraction - which in turn has led to many advancments in human understanding - including medicines and mass cultivation and transportation of food.

so much so the world population has gone from under 1 billion to 6.5 billion as a result of these benevolent advances......

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47. "the environmentalist in me says"
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that mass resource extraction isn't strictly a "benevolent advance". But I do think our capitalist society does a decent job of deriving some benefit from people's natural greed and hunger for power. It could do a much better job, but communism is unrealistic because it doesn't really make any provision for those facets of human nature.

  

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71. "RE: you could argue that capitalism brings out "good""
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>you could argue that in the last hundred years "capitalism"
>or "capitalist organiztion" ( whatever that means ) has been
>largly or partly responsbile for mass resource extraction -
>which in turn has led to many advancments in human
>understanding - including medicines and mass cultivation and
>transportation of food.

And yet, under capitalism, with all these advancements, thousands starve to death every day, or don't recieve the treatments they need to survive.

Great, capitalism brought about medical advancments, but now those things are being used for profit, not for helping humanity.

>so much so the world population has gone from under 1 billion
>to 6.5 billion as a result of these benevolent advances......

With an overwhelming majority of those people living in horrible conditions when there are enough resorces int he world to clothe, shelter, and feed everyone.

  

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33. "human nature"
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some people are just naturally power-hungry, some people are just naturally greedy, and a whole lotta people (myself included) are just naturally lazy, and would not work to the fullest productive capacity (or some reasonable facsimile thereof) without a sliding scale of renumeration and/or the possibility of being fired if you don't work hard enough. "From each according to ability, to each according to need" is a beautiful ideal, but uh, what's in it for me?

  

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72. "RE: human nature"
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>some people are just naturally power-hungry, some people are
>just naturally greedy, and a whole lotta people (myself
>included) are just naturally lazy, and would not work to the
>fullest productive capacity (or some reasonable facsimile
>thereof) without a sliding scale of renumeration and/or the
>possibility of being fired if you don't work hard enough.
>"From each according to ability, to each according to need" is
>a beautiful ideal, but uh, what's in it for me?

First off, let me say, I don't for a second thingk that human nature is to be greedy. It is to survive, but under a capitalist society, people see other people with so much more than them, and lust after it. Matter of fact, we're taught that that is good and right. Hey, lets all listen to Ann Raynd, greed is a virtue!

Second.......off, humans can overcome human nature. If human nature is indeed greed, and we are so bound to it, what of the people who are so selfless, the mother Theresas, the MLKs, the people who gave so much asking little in return. Well, they are exceptions, sure, but did theynot overcome their "nature". And what of soldiers, if human nature is to survive, going into battle is defying the basest of instincts! Sometimes for very little reason.

  

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35. "Why arn't people always nice to each other?"
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people prescribing any moral highground are basically saying:
"everyone should be nice to each other".

well, thats cool... but the reality is everyone isn't nice to each other.....and individuals have to learn to adapt according to their wants , interests and desires.

I really don't see how this thread can progress past that simple observation.

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38. "So, what you are implying..."
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...is that man doesn't have the ability to grow past his limitations? That we have reached our evolutionary peak, so there is really no where for us to go from here but down?

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no..im implying what I said.

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48. "Sarcasm aside..."
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...you basically have no hope for man and his possibilities to grow, which is a very limited and flawed view.

With this in mind, I'm interpreting you as saying capitalism will last forever as the most perfect system that works with man's limited capacity to evolve past the his simple wants and desires.

If I'm wrong, expand your statement/"observation" to say what you really mean. Don't let me put words in your mouth.

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50. "RE: Sarcasm aside..."
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who ever said "evolution" (if it exist) is whatever ideal you have in your head?
mabe "evolution" is a 180 degree flip from whatever your thinking....
you don't know.

I hate to burst your bubble but your hearing what you want to hear.


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52. "Let me simplify..."
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...Growth. Man's ability to GROW. We can prove scientifically that things grow, right?

How about LEARN? Can that be proven?

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people are always growing and learning..


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49. "How are resources shared globally in communism?"
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People have talked about "greed" and "power" but the real issue is dealing with disproportionate allotments of resources. Small groups can effectively trade and barter bc they're likely more familiar with each other.

But how do you impel people to share with other far flung people they have little to no contact with? Even if they were aware of others hardships, wouldn't they still be more concerned about the possiblity of hardship locally?

It seems there needs to be some way of determining where resources would do the most "good". But I noticed someone said that communism requires the disollution of government. Without some sort of delegation of authority, how are the needs of individuals supposed to be met in a massive, communist society?

On a simpler note, how do you get people to mine coal? I'm sure some people would naturally want to, but most people that do it right now onl do it bc they have little choice. Would these people still be "oppressed" by the specter of danger to their health and well-being, no matter how fairly medical attention was distributed? Aren't there some jobs few people would do unless they absolutely had to?

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74. "ahhh, great questions"
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Obviously I'm not the foremost expert on communism. I will, however, answer your questions to the best of my ability.

>People have talked about "greed" and "power" but the real
>issue is dealing with disproportionate allotments of
>resources. Small groups can effectively trade and barter bc
>they're likely more familiar with each other.
>
>But how do you impel people to share with other far flung
>people they have little to no contact with? Even if they were
>aware of others hardships, wouldn't they still be more
>concerned about the possiblity of hardship locally?

Well, there would obviously have to be a worldwide distribution system. People tend to think of communism (at the roots) as people in small villages in huts. While there is some truth to that (we'd have to be less reliant on technology for sure, but nowhere near the "hut" level) it is a misnomer. Food and other goods and resources would have to be shared worldwide. To sustain this, we would need to employ the smae metods we do now, trains, trucks, ships, airplanes, cars. There would also have to bo worldwide communication and orginization for this to take place, obviously.

>It seems there needs to be some way of determining where
>resources would do the most "good". But I noticed someone said
>that communism requires the disollution of government. Without
>some sort of delegation of authority, how are the needs of
>individuals supposed to be met in a massive, communist
>society?

Well, it's not "autority" that is needed, but organization.As far as determining "where" resorces go, I don't have an answer to the specifics of that except that it would be besed as much as possible on need.

>On a simpler note, how do you get people to mine coal? I'm
>sure some people would naturally want to, but most people that
>do it right now onl do it bc they have little choice. Would
>these people still be "oppressed" by the specter of danger to
>their health and well-being, no matter how fairly medical
>attention was distributed? Aren't there some jobs few people
>would do unless they absolutely had to?

One thing that I've heard a lot of talk about is that people wouldn't be forced to pick one job and stick to it the rest of their life. Obviously there would be some persuits where this was fairly nessecary, genetics research and things of that nature. Although, it may not even be nessecary in those fields, because in a communist state, information would (ideally, but of course) be free flowing. So geneticists who make a discovery in canada would immideatly communicate their findings and methods to all geneticists all over the world. There wouldn't be any reason to hide findings (profit) so a scientific community could be much more efficient.

But I digress, as far as jobs are concerned, every one able would be made to do at least some physical labor. Mainly so they know what it is like. So, hopefully, cole mining and other dangerous jobs could be farmed out (at least in part) to people only doing it for 6 months of their life, or something like that. Obiously though, there would be people doing it much longer than that, especially people to train all the new people coming in.

This may not be AS efficient, in fact probably not. But we would no longer need to be as efficient as natural resources like coal would be used so much more sparingly.

  

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62. "Keep it localized and it just might work."
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63. "Face it, its impossible"
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I look at it like I look at dating women....

I would never settle w/ a girl i didn't find attractive or a girl with a lame personality...Instead I chase the girl with the most attractive qualities to me.....Just like all women do as well when dating men.....


To me , a "true" Communist state would be a return to the caveman days.......Hey, I think its all good to long for a society where everyone's on the same playing field...But the reality is, that its not and never will be.....






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73. "short answer"
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because communism is an ideal, like pure capitalism or the perfect peach ice cream. and the world is not an ideal place. you could never have total communal ownership in which some group doesn't exercise at least some power over another. from each according his ability to each according to their need sounds good, but because people are inherently flawed and prone to exploit collective situations at some point the people with ability will take more than their fair share.

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... it is an Atheistic philosophy that begins with several false premises and mis-understandings of human nature.

peace.

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>... it is an Atheistic philosophy that begins with several
>false premises and mis-understandings of human nature.

Two things - atheistic how? and who are you to say what human nature is? now we're moving strongly onto genes vs environment ground and thats pretty damn disputable. And I said before most recent thought has put more emphasis on the effect of environment rather than your genes on your mentality and personality. There is no consensus which says humans are inherently selfish.

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>... it is an Atheistic philosophy that begins with several
>false premises and mis-understandings of human nature.

False premises? please expand on that.

Human nature, I've already spoken on my feelings in this thread.

Atheistic? Good.

  

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80. "Communism is not impossible it is just the fact that the shit"
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europeans called communism.

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81. "people are too selfish and greedy"
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I don't think it's human nature to be that way but people are raised to think that it's okay to be that way as long as they place nice with their "friends". a lot of americans are all fucked up in the head about these issues.

honestly, i'm down for the idea of communism with the right people. They have planned communities where people actually live together in a communist manner, locally it can def work. it's about peoples who's minds are already there.

  

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82. "RE: people are too selfish and greedy"
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u r right, it couldn't work right now with the way people have been conditioned to htink. Its gonna have to be a transitional thing, but we gotta try and make strides or it'll never happen. At some point people have gotta stop qualifying success with money, its as simple as that.

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