posted on Jun, 13 2012 @ 02:37 PM
I agree that communism as we historically, and presently, know it is a failure. The underlying notion, however, is something the world need to
re-examine. A hybrid is an interesting concept that I've been bouncing around in my head for some time now too.
The first hurdle is public perception: because of the demonizing of communism back in the fifties, even the noble notion of socialism has been severly
damaged. Socialism, in essence, is everybody in a community working towards the betterment of evryone else.
Think of it as an extension of the traditional family unit. Mom and Dad work their butts off to provide for their children, who then play an
increasingly larger role in the family until it is their turn to raise their own kids and help care for their parents as they grow older. If everyone
is working towards making the family more prosperous, then everyone benefits.
Now put that into modern, societal terms. If the traditional Mom and Pop role were translated to governent and business leaders, and the childs role
was traslated to that of the emerging workforce, the middle class, and the disadvanteged, then we begin to understand the analogy. Government and
business leaders would be better served to invest significant amounts of money towards education, public housing and meal programs, and
What we would see over a generation or two is that the functional workforce would increase, and productivity, research and development would go
through the roof. We can end homelessness and provide for every hungry person in the world if we marginally reduced the world's defence budgets.
Many will say, "screw the poor! They're just leaches of society." Something most of these peop[le don't realize, however, is that there are many,
many very smart people who never got to go to school, or had to drop out to help their family put food on the table.
If we, as a global society, decided to embrace the notion of socialism, then we could eradicate world poverty and allow every brilliant mind in the
world to be nurtured.
It can be argued that capitalistic greed is the root of most of the world's poverty. It can also be easily argued that most of the visable crime we
are afraid of in our daily lives (theft, mugging, drug abuse) has it's roots in poverty. We can therefor deduce that capitalism has fosterd poverty
If we can get our heads around the notion that socialism is not evil, and pure capitalism is steering us away from progressing not only as a society,
but a species, then we may have hope for the future of our grandchildren.