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Praetorianus December 17th, 2016 6:10am

Which political system drives technological/scientific progress on faster? Communism with the advantage of the government being able to funnel resources where they please or capitalism with the advantage of a competitive market?

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FarmerManE djent
12/21/16 6:22 am

Just look at the human genome project. The private sector started behind the government and finished a mile ahead. Govt sucks at running anything

suppressedID destiny is right now
12/20/16 9:50 am

Government subsidies to the private sector. Just look at pharma and space technology.

JudicialJedi321 2000 Mules
12/18/16 1:13 pm

Vennezuala, Cuba, and above all North Korea are all testaments to the "effectiveness" of the communistic socialist ideal.

There is no question whatsoever in my mind capitalism is more efficient for scientific progress. It's downright laughable that anyone would even attempt to claim otherwise.

4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
12/17/16 6:20 pm

Capitalism, no contest...

corino Utah
12/17/16 1:32 pm

How many communist flags are on the moon?

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
12/17/16 12:12 pm

Jesus Christ democrats...are you for real? 😂

Okie1967 Lets go brandon
12/17/16 11:24 am

We did best the Russians in the Cold War.

callen002 Cincinnati
12/17/16 11:01 am

Government doesn't know what will be the best ideas. The market will find them.

Liberty 4,032,064
12/17/16 10:58 am

Capitalism only. Communism merely subsists off what is existing while slowly (or quickly) regressing technologically.

Carcano Matthew 10 34
12/17/16 6:42 am

Capitalism. This can clearly be seen by comparing the technological progress of the U.S. to the technological progress of the Soviet Union. Huge difference.

skinner Jersey City
12/17/16 6:40 am

Capitalism drives innovation because companies need to respond to consumers demands. Capitalism is labor-focused and can't achieve the same level of innovation or quality products.

skinner Jersey City
12/17/16 6:41 am

*communism for second sentence.

Nuclear Boaty McBoatface
12/17/16 2:56 am

Mixture. Socialism is great for innovation. Otherwise it just goes into consumer goods exclusively under capitalism.

We'd have a lot of gadgets, but if you wanted something useful instead of a Brookstone toy, then oh well.

RagingMystic covfefe
12/17/16 12:38 am

Well depends, are we talking real communism, or just replacing class hierarchy with government hegemony? If its real communism it would in theory be better because people wouldn't have to worry about the cost of developing things like lifesaving medicines

SupremeDolphin They.them
12/17/16 4:10 am

And there would be less risk in development if shit hits the fan.

12/17/16 12:29 am

Well, one good measure is by Nobel Prize winners in the sciences. The US, has 327. Russia, the highest ranked communist country has 16. China 6.

Maj Worth Economist
12/16/16 11:28 pm

It seems to be a good mix of government and private enterprise. A lot of the innovations were sponsored by government and then tossed to the private sector (NASA, DARPA). And sometimes the private sector doesn't know what to do with their creations because they can't think of how it would be profitable (Corning's gorilla glass).

Praetorianus Fair enough.
12/16/16 11:15 pm

It's a close call (the USSR did well in the space race, and our ultimate win of the race to the Moon wasn't due to capitalism), but recently, it seems that private enterprise (Apple, SpaceX etc) wins out.