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Thus a communist society is one in which individuals share resources together
Originally posted by CosmicCitizen
reply to post by TheJourney
Unfortunately under Communism everything does not belong to everybody....it belongs to the State and there is a difference.
Originally posted by Dustofenese
The biggest difference that you haven't taken into account, is that Participation in a Free Market is completely voluntary. If you do not want to engage in specific sectors of the free market in favor of another sector that you are more aptly suited to, no one will question it...in fact it is encouraged that you be selective of which part of the market in which to interact, so that the greatest benefit will have the greatest impact.
Under Communism, participation is forced. Everyone must do everything they are told by the Community Organizers, or someone of a similar administrative rank (like a Chief of a Tribe for a basic level example). There is no regard for any of your personal talents. If you live in a mining community, you are a miner by default. You may have be more suited to factory work, or a different industrial/service sector, but you're stuck as a miner until someone higher up notices and spreads the word, and the Bureaucracy makes the Administrative changes to allow your relocation and reassignment.
Free Market=Voluntary Participation
Which one gives you more freedom?edit on 1/13/2013 by Dustofenese because: addition for clarity
So you can see the perfect harmony that is possible with this basic system. It is both a free market system and a communist system.
That said, the free market is a myth. If there were a true free market there would be recessions, inflation, tremendous swings in wages, prices, and interest rates, and little or no prosperity. Governments need to regulate certain aspects of the economy.
Where communism theory comes in handy is the control of strategic resources. The industries of energy, food, financials/insurance, armaments should be controlled by the state.
Originally posted by TheComte
Private property such as your home, your car, your stereo, your cottage, or whatever, are things that are key to happiness and the incentive to acquire them in order to be happy and live a fulfilling life. This kind of private property is good for society.
But why does a an oil field need to be private? Why shouldn't the state own that field and the people, through their taxes, develop it and reap the benefits of it? How about a coal mine? A factory?
edit on 13-1-2013 by TheComte because: (no reason given)