I think it is the sneakiest of all forms of communism. Instead of just out and
out claiming it they make it a buy in club. Wanna buy into someones labor for
the next 10 years and take part of the money they earn? well just invest.
After all they are just unskilled labor, they don't deserve a bigger part of the
money they help earn. I just don't think this type economy can ever be sustained
for the long run.
Stock shares predate communism by hundreds of years. In England they were more like venture capitalism funded by private individuals instead of kings
and queens. In Italy the system of private patronage enabled artists and musicians to pursue their talents when the central governments (kings or
queens) were spending money killing each other.
I joined this site today after being a long time reader because I felt compelled to share my family's story.
My parents grew up in a communist country. Here is the essential difference between communism and capitalism.
Generosity is forced.
Therefore free will does not exist.
Loyalty to state is a natural result.
Greed exists but without profit motive.
Thus pursuit of greed involves not out-producing but outwitting. For example, if you are jealous of your neighbor’s government job, just report them
for some made up crime of disloyalty to the state and they will disappear.
"Winning" means getting the same salary for less work.
Thus efficiency drops.
Generosity is optional.
(If pure capitalism) free will exists.
Loyalty to family/self is the primary force.
Greed exists with a profit motive.
Thus pursuit of greed involves not outwitting but out producing.
"Winning" means getting more salary for the same work.
Thus efficiency is at least stable.
The 99%ers whine and moan about what a sham deal they have. Excuse me, they would be the 1% of the 1% to anybody outside of the western world that
was at least born of capitalism. When I think of everything from modern transportation to plumbing to refrigeration to sanitation to communication to
computers, how come all of these advancements came up in at least superficially capitalist countries?
To anybody who believes communism is a good form of government, please visit Eastern Europe and look at all of the monuments there still blackened by
pollution 20 years later.
People speaking of capitalism and "infinite growth" are confused. Every consumer market has "needs". "Infinite growth is only necessary if and
when needs grow infinitely."
Capitalism and communism both try to meet these needs but capitalism allows those without government connections to meet them, WITHIN A FRAMEWORK OF
With communism the existence of needs is refuted until somebody with government connections has a plan to meet those needs. Then meeting those needs
becomes a matter of national security and resources are diverted from other projects to meet those needs.
In capitalism the faster, less expensive, safer you do a job, the more likely you are to get the next job.
In communism you do not know if there will be another job, so the slower, more expensive, more dangerous you do a job, the more likely you are to keep
I have done volunteer work in a nation where the society functions very similarly to communism. Except it was not communism. The difference is that
people voluntarily took care of each other. Free will to help their neighbor was the difference. Therefore in societies where capitalism does not
work, communism would not work either. If people don't help each other and care for each other out of free will, no form of government or government
policy will help to advance there cause. If you have a moral society, the government of the people will be moral. The problem in modern government is
that the people themselves who vote for government are corrupt. No government can fix people’s hearts. If you want a better government, start by
being a better neighbor.