posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 10:38 PM
I have not found as many down to earth discussion on actual philosophy as I had hoped to on this forum. Seems like people discuss Jungian
psychological theories on here more than anything: discussing the meaning of dreams, global consciousness, ect. That's the biggest reason I'm
starting this thread, but for the sake of conversation I suppose I'll have to put forth a topic
Democratic Communism. It may sound a bit surreal, but if you ignore the conditioned dissonance between communism and democracy, you'll realize that
the two are actually quite compatible. Hell, they were made for each other! If the mob rules (democracy) then should they not serve the mob
(communism)? We could easily settle most every major decision that we allow the Federalis to make through a vote in this day and age. It would be no
more costly than our current process of electing state and federal officials, and essentially exterminate political corruption.
So, that's the subject at hand. An American, democratic communism. How would it function, what would it look like, what would be the cost of
implementing such a thing; these are all questions I'd like to see addressed. I won't put many of my own views on the subject in this OP, but only
the discussion has begun, so as not to turn this into a critique of my views on the subject rather than a discussion of the subject. Instead I will
simply lay some talking points and let what happens happen.
1. In a democratic communism the need for politicians is drastically reduced, since the highest they could go is simply championing a certain issue or
issues on the ballot in an upcoming vote or more practical positions concerned with city, state or federal upkeep, records and finances.
2. The biggest reason we (as in the west, especially America) shun communism is that we believe strongly in a merit based work environment such as the
free market provides. For whatever reason most of us ignore the fact that we could easily modify communism to allow difference in wages depending on
an individuals performance. Tax breaks for above average quotas?
3. How much control can the government actually have over industry if we are to hold true to the basic principles that this country was built on?
Feel free to stray as far as you wish from these few talking points. Anyways, there it is. Who wants to hash out the idea?