Provocative political Q: could communism ever work? Standard definition in comments. By work I mean leads to prosperity and a happy population.
I think that the only way it could ever work is in a completely Christian community where each individual is motivated solely by devotion to God, rather than his own interests.
But even in that setting, it's HIGHLY impractical and prone to fail.
While I don't think it could work, why must it be Christian?
I'd rather say a handpicked community where all people agree on their political stance. You may apply if it appeals to you, they may take or reject you, you may leave if it isn't for you. Yes, that's the Walden2 principle ;)
I think it's the only way that you will ever find individuals willing to deny their own best interests to better their neighbor.
It's inherently flawed
We agree for once
But Reagan didn't do enough to stop communism as we learned from your friend
He's completely wrong on that
I know that, you know that, but I don't think I he knows that
Yes, but it would be difficult to make it work properly. For every Trotsky there is a Stalin.
1. Evolve the population to Sentient Beings. 2. Sign me up.
On a small scale, yes. New Lanark is proof, though it did close down in 1968 and was technically utopian socialism. Still, two hundred years is pretty good.
Skinner's Walden 2 spawned some communities that looked communist but I don't know how they fared.
Communism fails to factor in the innate greed of humans.
Everyone sharing everything is great, but I highly doubt that human nature will ever allow communism to actually work.
I think the big problem isn't even abandoning private property but the fact that there is no competition, no incentive to progress further. It may trundle along but capitalism is superior.
Communism: a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.
Marx didn't invent communism. It originated following the French Revolution. It essentially evolved from the Jacobins of the Paris Commune. It just wasn't a widely used term until the 1840s and the commissioning of the Communist Manifesto.