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Praetorianus November 2nd, 2013 10:23pm

Provocative political Q: could communism ever work? Standard definition in comments. By work I mean leads to prosperity and a happy population.

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/02/13 4:31 pm

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.

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Mattwall1
11/02/13 4:32 pm

While I don't think it could work, why must it be Christian?

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 4:42 pm

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 ;)

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/02/13 6:49 pm

I think it's the only way that you will ever find individuals willing to deny their own best interests to better their neighbor.

skinner Wisconsin
11/02/13 4:08 pm

It's inherently flawed

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Mattwall1
11/02/13 4:31 pm

We agree for once

skinner Wisconsin
11/02/13 5:55 pm

But Reagan didn't do enough to stop communism as we learned from your friend

Mattwall1
11/02/13 5:57 pm

He's completely wrong on that

skinner Wisconsin
11/02/13 6:01 pm

I know that, you know that, but I don't think I he knows that

Skarface Banned
11/02/13 3:48 pm

Yes, but it would be difficult to make it work properly. For every Trotsky there is a Stalin.

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doctalk not all who wander r lost
11/02/13 3:34 pm

1. Evolve the population to Sentient Beings. 2. Sign me up.

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tenletters New York
11/02/13 3:33 pm

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.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 3:35 pm

Skinner's Walden 2 spawned some communities that looked communist but I don't know how they fared.

truantics Connecticut
11/02/13 3:28 pm

Communism fails to factor in the innate greed of humans.

So...nope.

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FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/02/13 3:27 pm

Everyone sharing everything is great, but I highly doubt that human nature will ever allow communism to actually work.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 3:26 pm

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.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 3:24 pm

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.

bMyComrade Stumptown
11/02/13 5:34 pm

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.